Harvick takes pole at Darlington

Harvick will start off pole at 'The Lady in Black'

Harvick will start off pole at ‘The Lady in Black’

Kevin Harvick will start on pole for the Bojangles Southern 500 at the legendary Darlington Raceway, while Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start from the second row.

On a record setting day 25 drivers broke the previous track qualifying record during the first of the three-segment time trials.

Harvick beat Joey Logano and Ambrose team-mate Aric Almirola for the top spot. Almirola’s time in the second segment of 26.705 seconds is now the fastest ever time at ‘The Track Too Tough To Tame’.

In the final segment of knockout qualifying Harvick set the fast time at 26.802 seconds to claim the pole at the 1.366-mile South Carolina track.

It is Harvick’s first pole at the Southern 500 and only his seventh of  his 14-year career. It’s a sign of another fast car for Harvick, who won at Phoenix, but has since finished 36th or worse in four of the last five races.

Ambrose will start from the second row

Ambrose will start from the second row

“The team has dealt with a lot of bad luck and they just keep fighting through it and putting fast race cars on the track,” Harvick said.

For Ambrose his fourth fastest time represents an outstanding qualifying run of being inside the top-10 during qualifying at four of the past five race meetings. The Tasmanian is out for redemption after a terrible run at the corresponding race in 2013.

“We will take that. It was a really strong effort for RPM. I was just told it was a record for RPM’s starting positions for both myself and Aric. We are really thrilled with that,” said Ambrose.

“I thought we had a shot at the pole there for a minute, it just got a little slick. It got a little loose there for a bit and that probably cost us, but overall it is a great day for us and for RPM.”

The 367 lap race will be run mid-morning Sunday Australian time.

VIDEO: Harvick takes the pole for the Southern 500

QUALIFYING: Bojangle’s Southern 500 – Darlington Raceway

POS 

Car #

Driver

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 183.479 26.802 Leader

2

22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 183.049 26.865 –0.063

3

43 Aric Almirola Ford Fresh From Florida 182.946 26.880 –0.078

4

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 182.485 26.948 –0.146

5

2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 182.059 27.011 –0.209

6

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 182.019 27.017 –0.215

7

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 181.985 27.022 –0.220

8

18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 181.763 27.055 –0.253

9

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 181.756 27.056 –0.254

10

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Sport Clips 181.548 27.087 –0.285

11

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Certain Teed / Menards 181.481 27.097 –0.295

12

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 181.200 27.139 –0.337

13

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 182.181 26.993 –0.191

14

55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 181.985 27.022 –0.220

15

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 181.689 27.066 –0.264

16

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 181.247 27.132 –0.330

17

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 181.194 27.140 –0.338

18

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Clorox 181.127 27.150 –0.348

19

16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M/Red Cross 180.947 27.177 –0.375

20

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 180.914 27.182 –0.380

21

99 Carl Edwards Ford Ford EcoBoost 180.901 27.184 –0.382

22

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 180.787 27.201 –0.399

23

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 180.185 27.292 –0.490

24

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes 178.958 27.479 –0.677

25

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Home Depot Husky 182.059 27.011 –0.209

26

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s-Kobalt Tools 181.911 27.033 –0.231

27

38 David Gilliland Ford A&W All American Food 181.548 27.087 –0.285

28

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Nationwide 181.394 27.110 –0.308

29

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 180.549 27.237 –0.435

30

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 180.330 27.270 –0.468

31

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 180.310 27.273 –0.471

32

34 David Ragan Ford CSX 180.204 27.289 –0.487

33

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 180.158 27.296 –0.494

34

23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 179.993 27.321 –0.519

35

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Hillman Racing 179.717 27.363 –0.561

36

77 Dave Blaney Ford TBA 179.606 27.380 –0.578

37

33 David Stremme Chevrolet TBA 179.024 27.469 –0.667

38

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota SMS Audio 178.543 27.543 –0.741

39

83 Ryan Truex Toyota Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry 178.400 27.565 –0.763

40

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 177.961 27.633 –0.831

41

32 Travis Kvapil Ford Keen Parts 177.768 27.663 –0.861

42

26 Cole Whitt Toyota Swan Energy 177.659 27.680 –0.878

43

66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Justin Johnson-Land Castle Title 177.166 27.757 –0.955

 

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