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Harvick scores Indy pole

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Sunday 27th July, 2014 - 7:31am

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Harvick takes his fourth pole of 2014

Harvick takes his fourth pole of 2014

Kevin Harvick has won his fourth pole position of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with the fastest time ahead of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis.

Harvick was the man during each of the three segments heading the field at the finish with a track record 303.987 km/h (188.889 mph) in the opening round, before setting a 303.313 km/h (188.470 mph) in the top-12 run-off.

He ended a streak of 16 different pole-sitters at the track, after his number #1 starting spot back in 2003. On that occasion he also won the race; the only driver to win the Brickyard from the pole.

“It’s not very often you get to somewhat fulfil your childhood dreams,” said Harvick.

“I really feel lucky just to be driving around the track.”

Sharing the front row is four-time Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon, followed by Brad Keselowski and defending race-winner Ryan Newman.

With his motor racing future in the spotlight after team owner Richard Petty said the ball is in Marcos Ambrose court, the Australian will start the race from 22nd just behind a group of fellow Ford drivers.

“A lot of the Ford guys, the ones in our camp, are very close on the charts and fighting the same issues right now,” said Ambrose.

“As a group, we’re working on it, trying to get better for tomorrow.

“This race is a lot of strategy too, so we just want to put ourselves in a good position to get the best result tomorrow.”

Aric Almirola hit the wall during the session and will race tomorrow with his backup car for the second consecutive race. The driver of the No. 43 qualified 41st but will start at the back of the pack.

Reed Sorenson, David Stremme and Matt Crafton were the three lowest qualifiers in the first round and thus, did not make the 43-car race.

 

QUALIFYING: Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis 

POS.  CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 188.470 47.753 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta 187.770 47.931 –0.178
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 186.893 48.156 –0.403
4 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 186.765 48.189 –0.436
5 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 186.455 48.269 –0.516
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 186.193 48.337 –0.584
7 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 185.943 48.402 –0.649
8 12 Juan Pablo Montoya Ford Penske Truck Rental 185.924 48.407 –0.654
9 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 185.828 48.432 –0.679
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 185.705 48.464 –0.711
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 185.468 48.526 –0.773
12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 184.991 48.651 –0.898
13 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 185.468 48.526 –0.773
14 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 185.391 48.546 –0.793
15 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 185.254 48.582 –0.829
16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota RK Motors Charlotte 185.128 48.615 –0.862
17 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow – Mycogen Seeds 185.048 48.636 –0.883
18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 184.991 48.651 –0.898
19 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Safety Ford Fusion 184.900 48.675 –0.922
20 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 184.869 48.683 –0.930
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford EcoPower Oil 184.740 48.717 –0.964
22 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 184.426 48.800 –1.047
23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 183.887 48.943 –1.190
24 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 183.610 49.017 –1.264
25 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 184.449 48.794 –1.041
26 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 183.726 48.986 –1.233
27 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 183.692 48.995 –1.242
28 95 Michael McDowell Ford K-LOVE Radio 183.565 49.029 –1.276
29 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Moen / Menards 183.539 49.036 –1.283
30 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curb Records/Lee Brice 182.867 49.216 –1.463
31 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Collision Cure Body Werks 182.656 49.273 –1.520
32 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota 182.574 49.295 –1.542
33 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 182.245 49.384 –1.631
34 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 182.072 49.431 –1.678
35 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 181.866 49.487 –1.734
36 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kingsford Charcoal 181.815 49.501 –1.748
37 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Carsforsale.com 181.778 49.511 –1.758
38 34 David Ragan Ford MDS 181.609 49.557 –1.804
39 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Speed Stick GEAR Toyota 181.528 49.579 –1.826
40 32 Travis Kvapil Ford KeenParts.com/Androzene.com 181.474 49.594 –1.841
41 43 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 180.665 49.816 –2.063
42 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Zing Zang 180.223 49.938 –2.185
43 37 Bobby Labonte Ford Accell Construction 180.534 49.852 –2.099

 

 

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