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Qualifying Report: Harvick Leads The Field At Kansas
- Updated: October 5, 2013
It has been six years since Kevin Harvick started on the pole, and with his lap of 28.796 seconds put down on Friday, he will do so Sunday. Back in 2006 it was New Hampshire, now he can add the Kansas Speedway to his pole winning list.
“When you win that few of poles you can remember the things that happen on those particular days. It’s been a good day for us. We had an okay day yesterday. I think everybody is fighting a lot of the same issues with the cars to figure out the tire and what you want in them. We unloaded this morning and the car was really fast right off the truck and comfortable to drive. Went through a couple good runs, a couple bad runs and just kind of went back to where we started and had a good qualifying lap,” Harvick commented after receiving the Coors Light Pole Award.
He’s made a career out of racing better than he can qualifying, which in the grand scheme of things is usually preferred.
“Just throughout my career for whatever reason we just hadn’t qualified well and we always definitely seem to race a lot better than we qualify. That’s a good question. I think today we had speed right off the bat and I think when you have the confidence in the car to go ahead and push it, it’s always hard to understand how to make it go two or three tenths faster whether it’s just the speed in the race track or how much harder you need to drive the car. There’s a lot of things that you have to run through. We’ve always had better race cars than fast speedy cars,” Harvick continued.
Joining him on the front row will be rookie Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who fell just short of getting his second career pole, with a lap of 28.803 seconds.
“So far so good for our EcoBoost Fusion here. I knew if those guys going out early, if I could be somewhere around that group of guys that we would have a decent day for qualifying. Scott and the guys made great changes and it isn’t near as fast as when we qualified here earlier this year. It was definitely on edge and I had a lot of fun doing that. I am proud of the guys for the adjustments that they made. I am not sure it that will hold up or stack up but beating those guys that already went out feels pretty decent,” said Stenhouse after his lap.
Third place on the track and in the points is Jimmie Johnson. He overcame issues during the first practice to put his Chevrolet in the second row.
“I just spun out trying real hard on that first sticker run and we got things back under control and the balance in the car. It’s really fast. I’m happy about that. And then as I was coming in, I saw some smoke in the mirror and I could smell it and it looks like we have an issue with the radiator or something up front. There’s nothing wrong with the engine. It’s certainly a quick scare when you see that blue smoke and the smell that it has. I was pretty nervous,” Johnson explained on the early incident.
On his lap, he felt like some was left on the table. “That was really good and to pick-up that much with a hotter track and more rubber on it, I feel pretty good about that. You always think that you left a little out there.”
“Obviously there is a little more out there because Jimmie and Ricky were both faster. It was a decent lap though and should get us a solid starting spot. We will take it and move on,” said Keselowski after his lap.
“Our qualifying lap wasn’t too bad. We will have to wait and see where it ends up but it is good pickup from where we were. We got four-tenths there but I was shooting for six or seven. The car didn’t drive too bad but those guys up front right now ran really fast laps. It is pretty remarkable actually because my car didn’t drive terrible. I can see maybe a tenth that I left out there so those guys ran really good laps. Hopefully it stays top-10 because qualifying here is really important and we need to get this Shell Pennzoil Ford starting up front as close as we can and it would make our day a lot easier on Sunday,” commented Logano after his lap.
Championship leader Matt Kenseth qualified seventh and second place Kyle Busch was 18th. Other Chase drivers deep in the field included Ryan Newman (17th), Kurt Busch (19th), Clint Bowyer (22nd), and Greg Biffle (26th).
With only 43 entries for this weekend, no drivers missed the race.
The Hollywood Casino 400 gets under way Sunday at 2 PM EST, and can be seen on ESPN.
|1||29||Kevin Harvick||Budweiser Chevrolet||28.796|
|2||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford EcoBoost Ford||28.803|
|3||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe’s Chevrolet||28.852|
|4||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite Ford||28.996|
|5||22||Joey Logano||Shell Pennzoil Ford||29.006|
|6||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Time Warner Cable Chevrolet||29.021|
|7||20||Matt Kenseth||Dollar General Toyota||29.049|
|8||27||Paul Menard||Menards / Splash Chevrolet||29.052|
|9||99||Carl Edwards||Fastenal Ford||29.084|
|10||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Office Toyota||29.121|
|11||55||Brian Vickers||Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota||29.123|
|12||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Target Chevrolet||29.148|
|13||56||Martin Truex Jr.||NAPA Auto Parts Toyota||29.157|
|14||24||Jeff Gordon||Axalta Chevrolet||29.167|
|15||5||Kasey Kahne||Time Warner Cable Chevrolet||29.192|
|16||31||Jeff Burton||Caterpillar Chevrolet||29.201|
|17||39||Ryan Newman||Code 3 Associates Chevrolet||29.248|
|18||18||Kyle Busch||M&M’s Toyota||29.252|
|19||78||Kurt Busch||Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Chevrolet||29.272|
|20||43||Aric Almirola||Farmland Ford||29.287|
|21||51||Justin Allgaier||Brandt Chevrolet||29.331|
|22||15||Clint Bowyer||Raspberry5hrEnergybeneLivingBynd Toyota||29.391|
|23||14||Mark Martin||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet||29.401|
|24||1||Jamie McMurray||Cessna Chevrolet||29.447|
|25||9||Marcos Ambrose||MAC Tools Ford||29.497|
|26||16||Greg Biffle||Sherwin Williams Ford||29.540|
|27||83||David Reutimann||Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota||29.559|
|28||47||AJ Allmendinger||Scott Products – Win My Car Toyota||29.584|
|29||10||Danica Patrick||GoDaddy Chevrolet||29.664|
|30||30||Cole Whitt||Swan Energy Toyota||29.667|
|31||98||Michael McDowell||Phil Parsons Racing Ford||29.675|
|32||34||David Ragan||Taco Bell Ford||29.677|
|33||36||JJ Yeley||Accell Construction Chevrolet||29.678|
|34||38||David Gilliland||Long John Silver’s Ford||29.688|
|35||32||Timmy Hill||U.S. Chrome Ford||29.696|
|36||93||Travis Kvapil||Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota||29.698|
|37||13||Casey Mears||GEICO Ford||Owner Points|
|38||35||Josh Wise||MDS Transport Ford||Owner Points|
|39||87||Joe Nemechek||Calvert’s Toyota||Owner Points|
|40||95||Reed Sorenson||SupportMilitary.org Ford||Owner Points|
|41||7||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet||Owner Points|
|42||40||Tony Raines||Moonshine Attitude Attire Chevrolet||Owner Points|
|43||33||Landon Cassill||LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet||Owner Points|