Harvick Hustles To Pole

Kevin Harvick posted his second Bud Pole of the season after turning the fastest lap, at 128.425 mph, in qualifying for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond Int'l Raceway.

Harvick and the Goodwrench team used some information from his teammate Jeff Burton, who qualified 12th, to capture his fourth career pole, and first at RIR, where his previous best effort was a seventh.

"Huge credit to this whole Goodwrench team, RCR and all my teammates for going before me," said Harvick, who will make his 10th Cup start at RIR. "It's been a good weekend so far and hopefully we can put it all together tomorrow night."

Greg Biffle scored his fourth top-10 start at Richmond with a lap of 128.309 mph equaling his best start at the track in 2003.

"The National Guard Ford here has been fast right off the truck and I'm just really excited about it," said Biffle. "The guys have been working really hard on it and it's just a fast, fast race car."

Rookie Travis Kvapil notched his career-best starting position with a lap of 128.163 placing the Penske driver third on the grid.

Last night's IROC winner and tonight's Busch Series pole winner Mark Martin will start fourth with his teammate Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Jeff Gordon, who is 30 points out of the 10th and final transfer spot for "The Chase," qualified sixth.

Gordon's crew chief has also been rumored this week of leaving his position next season.

"I probably used the word 'probably' (In regards to telling a reporter he would not be back)," said Loomis. "I think that what I'm looking as is that at the beginning of the year, I knew my contract was going to be up at the end of this year. Many of you might know when you're under a contract, then they hold a lot of your destiny. I think that being that it's up, it's a good time for me to reprioritize my personal life and get things figured out there."

Last week's winner Kyle Busch will start seventh.

"I was really, really loose in the corner," said Busch. "I'm actually surprised it ran that quick of a lap time."

After posting the fastest lap in practice and then crashing, Ryan Newman was able to qualify his backup car in the eighth position.

"It was good, not great," said Newman. "Wish we could have been faster. We'll just see if we can put 400 laps under us tomorrow night; that'll be important. I think we have a good shot."

Dale Jarrett and last year's winner Jeremy Mayfield completed the top-10 qualifiers.

Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray, who are the ninth and 10th in the standings, qualified 13th and 32nd, respectively.

The eighth man in the standings, Carl Edwards, will clinch a spot in "The Chase" if he finishes 19th or better. He will start 18th.

After qualifying 19th, Elliott Sadler is the farthest back among the drivers on the outside looking in for "The Chase."

"We know what we've got to do, we just have to go ahead and try to do it," said Sadler, who is first in short track points in 2005 with 588.

Television of Saturday's 400-lap race will begin at 7 p.m. (ET) on TNT. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race starting at 6:45 p.m. (ET).

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