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Harvick wins Kansas pole, SHR sweeps first two rows

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Harvick wins Kansas pole, SHR sweeps first two rows
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May 11, 2019, 12:06 AM

Kevin Harvick is in best position possible to replicate his victory of a year ago at Kansas Speedway.

 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Beer
 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Beer
 Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield
 Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation
 Daniel Suarez, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation Demo Day

Harvick, still looking for his first win of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, won the pole for Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 and will have his three Stewart-Haas Racing teammates lined up behind him.

Harvick’s average lap speed of 179.217 mph topped teammates Aric Almirola (178.725 mph), Clint Bowyer (178.324 mph) and Daniel Suarez (178.247 mph).

Chase Elliott ended up fifth, Martin Truex Jr. sixth, William Byron seventh, Kyle Larson eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and Alex Bowman 10th.

The pole is the third of the season for Harvick and 28th of his career. It’s also his fourth at Kansas and second in the last three races.

“The mile-and-half race tracks have been quite a handful for us as we’ve gone through the beginning of the season,” said Harvick, who won this race a year ago. “From new cars to different engines and different headers and body builds and new sim files and aero maps – you name it, this is the next step.

“They’ve done a great job. Everybody knew we were a little bit behind but we saw some light at Texas. Everybody’s done a great job today. The car is fast and it drives great in traffic and hopefully when it gets dark tomorrow night, we’ll have another good night in Kansas.”

Harvick was also fastest on long runs in both of Friday’s practices, another good indication that he should be strong in the race as well.

“We decided to run two long runs, one at the end of the first session and the second at the end of the second session. We didn’t get in the middle of the big pack,” he said.

“I think when everybody is in the middle of the big pack, the car is going to push and slide on the restarts and then it will file out and you’ll have to go by them three or four at a time in front of you and then one at a time.

“I’m happy with how my car drove. It has a ton of speed and hopefully we can capitalize on it.”

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Cla # Driver Manufacturer Time Gap Mph
1 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 30.131   179.217
2 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 30.214 0.083 178.725
3 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 30.282 0.151 178.324
4 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 30.295 0.164 178.247
5 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 30.345 0.214 177.954
6 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 30.447 0.316 177.357
7 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 30.483 0.352 177.148
8 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 30.530 0.399 176.875
9 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 30.540 0.409 176.817
10 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 30.542 0.411 176.806
11 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 30.577 0.446 176.603
12 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 30.579 0.448 176.592
13 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 30.586 0.455 176.551
14 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 30.586 0.455 176.551
15 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 30.605 0.474 176.442
16 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 30.644 0.513 176.217
17 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 30.651 0.520 176.177
18 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 30.673 0.542 176.051
19 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 30.676 0.545 176.033
20 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 30.729 0.598 175.730
21 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 30.732 0.601 175.713
22 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 30.751 0.620 175.604
23 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 30.818 0.687 175.222
24 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 30.820 0.689 175.211
25 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 30.823 0.692 175.194
26 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 30.825 0.694 175.182
27 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 30.889 0.758 174.820
28 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 30.893 0.762 174.797
29 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 30.917 0.786 174.661
30 31 United States Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 30.932 0.801 174.576
31 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 30.938 0.807 174.543
32 52 Bayley Currey  Ford 30.956 0.825 174.441
33 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 30.992 0.861 174.239
34 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 31.123 0.992 173.505
35 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 31.192 1.061 173.121
36 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 31.242 1.111 172.844
37 51 Cody Ware  Chevrolet 31.590 1.459 170.940
38 46 United States Joey Gase  Toyota 32.027 1.896 168.608
39 66 United States Timmy Hill  Toyota 34.485 4.354 156.590
40 27 United States Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet    
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kansas
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Aric Almirola
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Jim Utter