Harvick Rolls to Kansas Pole
By: MRN Staff on May 9, 2014 | 8:15 P.M. EST
Kevin Harvick has put the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet on the pole for Saturday night's 5-hour ENERGY 400 Benefitting Special Operations Warrior Foundation at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kevin Harvick has put his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet on the pole for Saturday night's 5-hour ENERGY 400 Benefitting Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Joey Logano was second-quick in Friday's qualifying session at Kansas Speedway with Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and rookie Kyle Larson completing the top five.
Harvick topped the final round of qualifying with a lap of 194.252 miles per hour around the 1.5-mile oval in claiming his second pole of the season. That breaks the track record that was set by Matt Kenseth in April 2013. Logano followed at 193.910 mph.
"Now, we just have to put it all together (Saturday) night when it counts," Harvick said following his record pole run. "It makes life a lot easier when you can have pit stall one. Hopefully, we can have a good night. The weekend has gone well. We had a great test here a few weeks ago and everything has carried right over."
Harvick smashed Kenseth's one-year-old qualifying mark of 191.864 mph in the second round of Friday's group session by touring the mile-and-a-half oval at 194.568 mph. He slowed just slightly during the final round but was still able to hold the top spot over Logano.
"We made the right adjustments and my car was really good through (Turns) one and two in the third round," Logano said of his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. "It's a good starting spot. If you count out the restrictor-plate stuff, we're the only car to make it through every session this season. I'm proud of that and ready to go for another win."
Logano and Harvick are the only Sprint Cup Series drivers with multiple wins this season. Each has two.
Kenseth is this weekend's defending race winner but was off the pace in Friday's group qualifying session and will start 28th in the 43-car field. Denny Hamlin, last week's winner at Talladega Superspeedway, also struggled and will roll off 30th on Saturday, which will mark the first Sprint Cup Series night race at Kansas Speedway since the track joined the circuit in 2001.
Points leader Jeff Gordon qualified 13th. All four Hendrick Motorsports cars were knocked out in the second round of Friday's session. Jimmie Johnson will start 14th, Kasey Kahne 17th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 22nd.
"I'm most disappointed in the first run because I thought I had a good lap but obviously didn't push it hard enough," Gordon said, "didn't drive it well enough to get us in that first time. And when we had to go back out and put extra laps on the tires and extra heat in the tires, it affected us from that point forward. I'm disappointed that we didn't go faster."
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Saturday's 5-hour ENERGY 400 starting at 6:30 p.m. (ET) with live streaming at MRN.com.