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Harvick On Darlington Pole

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, April 11 2014

Kevin Harvick got the pole in Darlington. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

Kevin Harvick won the pole in Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Darlington Raceway.

With a lap at 183.479 mph in the five-minute third round of time trials, Harvick won the pole for Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at the 1.366-mile speedway.

The pole was Harvick’s first of the season, his first at Darlington and the seventh of his career.

Joey Logano earned the second spot with a lap of 183.049 mph and will start from the front row for the third time in eight Sprint Cup races this season. Aric Almirola qualified third at 182.946 mph after setting a track record in the second of the three rounds.

Marcus Ambrose (182.485 mph) will start fourth Saturday night, followed by Brad Keselowski (182.059 mph) and Jamie McMurray (182.019 mph). Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, series points leader Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Martin Truex Jr. will start from positions seven through 12 on the grid.

Crew chief, Rodney Childers, himself a former driver, advised Harvick to change his racing line after the first round of time trials.

“I was on the bottom all day in practice, and Rodney felt like that, in order to get the pole, we were going to need to run the top after we ran our first run,” Harvick said. “That’s the driver in him. That’s why he’s good to have sitting there watching, because he knows what’s going on.

“He can relay–and also having (spotter) Tim Fedewa up on top—-as former drivers, knowing what’s going on, they can relay what you need to do. We moved up and picked up in the second (round). I felt like I didn’t roll through there fast enough. In the last one, I felt like I rolled through there pretty good.”

Starting lineup

Darlington Raceway

Friday, April 11, 2014

1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 183.479 mph.

2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 183.049 mph.

3. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 182.946 mph.

4. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 182.485 mph.

5. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 182.059 mph.

6. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 182.019 mph.

7. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 181.985 mph.

8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 181.763 mph.

9. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 181.756 mph.

10. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 181.548 mph.

11. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 181.481 mph.

12. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 181.200 mph.

13. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 182.181 mph.

14. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 181.985 mph.

15. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 181.689 mph.

16. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 181.247 mph.

17. (42) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 181.194 mph.

18. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 181.127 mph.

19. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 180.947 mph.

20. (3) Austin Dillon #, Chevrolet, 180.914 mph.

21. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 180.901 mph.

22. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 180.787 mph.

23. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 180.185 mph.

24. (51) Justin Allgaier #, Chevrolet, 178.958 mph.

25. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 182.059 mph.

26. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.911 mph.

27. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 181.548 mph.

28. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 181.394 mph.

29. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 180.549 mph.

30. (7) Michael Annett #, Chevrolet, 180.330 mph.

31. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 180.310 mph.

32. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 180.204 mph.

33. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 180.158 mph.

34. (23) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 179.993 mph.

35. (40) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 179.717 mph.

36. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 179.606 mph.

37. (33) David Stremme, Chevrolet, Owner Points

38. (30) Parker Kligerman #, Toyota, Owner Points

39. (83) Ryan Truex #, Toyota, Owner Points

40. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Owner Points

41. (32) Travis Kvapil, Ford, Owner Points

42. (26) Cole Whitt #, Toyota, Owner Points

43. (66) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Owner Points

1 driver failed to qualify.

44. (35) David Reutimann, Ford, 178.491 mph.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, April 11 2014
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