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Harvick storms to record Kansas pole

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Saturday 10th May, 2014 - 10:48am

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THUMBKevin Harvick has captured his second pole of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with fastest time at Kansas.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver smashed the former track qualifying record of 308.775km/h (191.864mph) set by defending race winner Matt Kenseth in the second round and blazed the 1.5-mile oval in the final round of knock-out qualifying.

Last year Harvick won the autumn race at Kansas.

It’s his second pole of the season (Darlington) and eighth of his Sprint Cup Series career.

“It was ‘Freaky Fast’ today so just have to put it all together tomorrow night when it counts,” said Harvick.

“The pole is great. It makes life a lot easier when you can have pit stall one. Hopefully, we can have a good night tomorrow night. The weekend has gone well we had a great test here a few weeks ago. Everything has carried right over.”

Joey Logano will start alongside Harvick on the front row, followed by a pair of Fords in Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards.

All four Hendrick Motorsports cars were knocked out in the second round, as Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 13th, 14th, 17th and 22nd, respectively.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 25th after taking just one run in the first round of qualifying. He and his team thought it was enough to make the top 24 for the next round, but was pipped in the final seconds.

“Have we ever seen anyone go out and get a lap in the Top 10 and miss the cut?  That really showed how the track cooled off at the end,” said Ambrose.

“We tried to get the car cooled down, but our first laps all day today have been our best.  We have to think about how to make sure we can keep fast laps in the car all night tomorrow.”

VIDEO: Harvick on pole

QUALIFYING: 5-Hour Energy 400 – Kansas Speedway 

POS Car # Driver Make Sponsor MPH Best Time Behind
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 194.252 27.799 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Ford AAA Insurance 193.910 27.848 –0.049
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Wurth 193.507 27.906 –0.107
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 193.188 27.952 –0.153
5 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 193.050 27.972 –0.173
6 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 193.043 27.973 –0.174
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Kwikset 192.816 28.006 –0.207
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops-Mobil 1 Chevrolet 192.548 28.045 –0.246
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 192.452 28.059 –0.260
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Novec 191.980 28.128 –0.329
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 191.782 28.157 –0.358
12 43 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 190.328 28.372 –0.573
13 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta Coatings 193.202 27.950 –0.151
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 193.043 27.973 –0.174
15 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 193.023 27.976 –0.177
16 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Shrock / Menards 192.892 27.995 –0.196
17 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance/Thankamillionteachers.com 192.823 28.005 –0.206
18 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 192.809 28.007 –0.208
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 192.692 28.024 –0.225
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Zest 192.637 28.032 –0.233
21 12 Ryan Blaney Ford SKF 192.630 28.033 –0.234
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 192.246 28.089 –0.290
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Cherry 5-Hour ENERGY for Special Ops Warrior Foundation 191.809 28.153 –0.354
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 189.720 28.463 –0.664
25 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 191.980 28.128 –0.329
26 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 191.761 28.160 –0.361
27 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 191.680 28.172 –0.373
28 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 191.510 28.197 –0.398
29 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kingsford Charcoal 191.096 28.258 –0.459
30 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 191.049 28.265 –0.466
31 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King 190.665 28.322 –0.523
32 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 190.148 28.399 –0.600
33 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 189.873 28.440 –0.641
34 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Accell Construction 189.341 28.520 –0.721
35 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Phoenix Warehouse 189.195 28.542 –0.743
36 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Iowa Chop House 189.142 28.550 –0.751
37 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 189.029 28.567 –0.768
38 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 188.943 28.580 –0.781
39 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 188.488 28.649 –0.850
40 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Carsforsale.com 187.865 28.744 –0.945
41 32 Travis Kvapil Ford Mechanical Protection Plan 187.604 28.784 –0.985
42 33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 187.188 28.848 –1.049
43 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Kansas Farm Bureau 186.380 28.973 –1.174

 

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