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Kevin Harvick fastest in Michigan qualifying

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Saturday 14th June, 2014 - 7:38am

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Harvick was the fastest man in NASCAR since 1987

Harvick was the fastest man in NASCAR since 1987

Kevin Harvick has scored his third pole position of the season with a new qualifying record at Michigan.

Harvick’s lap of 329.203 km/h (204.557 mph) is the fastest qualifying speed in the sport since prior to restrictor plates being introduced for Daytona and Talladega in 1988.

“Every week the cars are fast, and you’re able to be competitive,” said Harvick.

“You can leave with your head up knowing you’ve got the speed to contend for wins and poles. Monday morning, you have to forget about winning or losing.”

In a good sign for Chevrolet, five Hendrick-powered cars featured in the top 10 with Jeff Gordon set to line-up alongside and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in third.

The first non Chevy is the Ford of Aric Almirola who will start from fourth, while his Australian team-mate Marcos Ambrose will take the green flag from 20th.

“I feel really good about our car, but we just got a little tight during that second round and just couldn’t quite put a lap down,” said Ambrose.

“I certainly feel more comfortable than I have the last few weeks, so I think we’re in for a decent race.

“The track is wide and it’s really smooth.  They’ve done a fantastic job with the facility and I know on the clock we’re 215-plus into turn one but it doesn’t feel like it.”

After switching back to IndyCars this year, Juan Pablo Montoya is making selected appearances in NASCAR with Penske. He will start from 28th.

“For me it’s more of an opportunity to maybe win a race or two here (Penske),” said Montoya.

“They always excel here and have a car that can win, and the way Team Penske is running right now, if it clicks from the beginning, and we hope it does, we might have a shot at winning this.

“And then going to the Brickyard is a place that I run really well. When we ran bad we were always in the top 10, so going there in a car like this you’re definitely looking at a shot at a win as well.”

44 cars turned up to qualify with Ryan Truex the driver who was not fast enough to make the race.

VIDEO: Kevin Harvick goes fastest in Michigan

QUALIFYING: Quicken Loans 400 – Michigan International Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 204.557 35.198 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 203.776 35.333 –0.135
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard/Superman 203.729 35.341 –0.143
4 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 203.200 35.433 –0.235
5 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 203.040 35.461 –0.263
6 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 202.908 35.484 –0.286
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 202.401 35.573 –0.375
8 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 202.043 35.636 –0.438
9 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 202.032 35.638 –0.440
10 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 201.331 35.762 –0.564
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 200.490 35.912 –0.714
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 201.117 35.800 –0.602
13 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 200.876 35.843 –0.645
14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 200.842 35.849 –0.651
15 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 200.831 35.851 –0.653
16 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 200.820 35.853 –0.655
17 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet CSS USA Airflow Systems 200.730 35.869 –0.671
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Military Salute Ford Fusion 200.518 35.907 –0.709
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 200.457 35.918 –0.720
20 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 200.128 35.977 –0.779
21 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 199.967 36.006 –0.808
22 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 199.534 36.084 –0.886
23 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 199.518 36.087 –0.889
24 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 199.165 36.151 –0.953
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Charter 200.837 35.850 –0.652
26 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 200.457 35.918 –0.720
27 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 200.451 35.919 –0.721
28 12 Juan Pablo Montoya Ford SKF 200.217 35.961 –0.763
29 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 199.933 36.012 –0.814
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford EcoPower Oil 199.750 36.045 –0.847
31 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 199.617 36.069 –0.871
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 198.593 36.255 –1.057
33 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 198.571 36.259 –1.061
34 66 Brett Moffitt Toyota Toyota Let’s Go Places 198.347 36.300 –1.102
35 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet All City Leasing & Warehousing 197.900 36.382 –1.184
36 33 David Stremme Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 197.666 36.425 –1.227
37 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 197.390 36.476 –1.278
38 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 196.969 36.554 –1.356
39 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet CRC Brakleen 196.566 36.629 –1.431
40 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Theme Park Connection Chevrolet 196.266 36.685 –1.487
41 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 195.434 36.841 –1.643
42 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Speed Stick GEAR Toyota 195.127 36.899 –1.701
43 32 Travis Kvapil Ford Keenparts.com-Corvetteparts.net 194.963 36.930 –1.732

 

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