Rested Harvick Takes Vegas Pole

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - NASCAR Busch Series drivers may want to ask Kevin Harvick to take more time off.

The defending series champion showed he was not rusty after skipping last week's Mexico City Busch Series event by claiming the pole for Saturday afternoon's Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The driver of the No. 21 Auto Zone Chevrolet captured his 15th career Busch Series pole, and first at Las Vegas, with a track record qualifying lap of 181.111 mph.

Prior to tonight, Mike Bliss held the track record of 171.238 mph in 2004 when the banking of the speedway’s corners was 12 degrees. Following last season’s NASCAR weekend in March, the track was reconfigured to have 20 degrees of variable banking in the corners.

Behind Harvick was a brigade of Dodge drivers as David Stremme, Reed Sorenson and Kurt Busch complete the first two rows, with Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Casey Mears, Dave Blaney and Kasey Kahne, who took the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, complete the top 10 qualifiers.

Prior to qualifying Kahne was forced to change engines.

David Ragan, Mike Wallace, Kyle Krisiloff and Ward Burton all were forced to qualify backup cars after crashing their primary mounts in practice.

Carl Edwards, who assumed the championship points’ lead from Harvick last weekend, qualified 19th fastest.

With only 43 cars making qualifying runs, nobody failed to qualify for the fourth NASCAR Busch Series event of the year.

Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300 is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:30 p.m. (ET) with live coverage available on PRN Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio and ABC TV.

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