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Harvick Continues Kansas Qualifying Tear

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 3 2014

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kevin Harvick, a driver who at one time could not buy a decent qualifying run, won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.

It was his eighth pole of the season and his third in a row at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval.

“For whatever reason this fits everything that I have going on with my driving style,” Harvick said. “But in the end it’s all about having fast cars obviously. Last year we had a fast car and this year we have had a fast car as well. So just have to thank everybody on my Budweiser team for staying focused, continuing to build better race cars, and controlling all the things that we can control.”

Harvick had six poles in total heading into the 2014 season. Then came 2014.

On Friday at Kansas, Harvick circled Kansas in 27.235 seconds (197.621 mph).

“Our cars are fast, we are qualifying well, our pit stops are good, cars are reliable and everything is good,” he said. “We just need a little bit of good luck to go with it. It’s just like I keep telling these guys – that stuff will all come full circle and hopefully it does it at the right time this year.”

Qualifying second fastest was Brian Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing.

“It’s fast, wow,” Vickers said. “A 27.50 (second lap) around here, that was a fun lap. All the guys on this team did an awesome job with the car. That was probably the best setup race car on the race track. You’re not going to get through the corners any faster than that. I was really proud of the guys. Hopefully, we can take that and take it into the race.”

Aric Almirola (196.150 mph), eliminated from the Chase last week at Dover, claimed the third starting spot.

Chase drivers occupied the next five spots on the grid: Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Among other Chase drivers, Kasey Kahne was 10th; Carl Edwards, 12th; Ryan Newman, 17th; Denny Hamlin, 25th; and Matt Kenseth, 27th.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 3 2014
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