April 28th, 2015
Kevin Harvick added to his Indianapolis Motor Speedway resume by setting a track record in Saturday’s qualifying to win the pole for Sunday’s Crown Royal 400. The 2003 pole and race winner got around the track at 47.647 seconds in the first round of qualifying.
“After the first lap I was probably more nervous than I have been in a while for qualifying. I wasn’t really expecting to have the car run that fast. From there they are all looking at you ‘alright if you screw this up it’s on you buddy’. It’s great to have fast cars they do a great job preparing the cars and just being able to come to the race track and know the cars are going to be fast takes a huge burden off of everybody’s shoulders just to get the balance right,” commented Harvick after qualifying.
Joining him on the front row is four time Indianapolis winner Jeff Gordon, with Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, and Brian Vickers rounding out the top-5 qualifiers. In fact, Chevrolet put nine drivers in the top-15 qualifiers.
“We didn’t have anything for Kevin (Harvick) today, but what an incredible Axalta Chevy SS that we have this weekend. I’m excited about that first and foremost,” Gordon recapped about his lap.
Juan Pablo Montoya, running his second race for Team Penske, qualified eighth. Traditionally this is a great track for the fast Columbian. ““I was disappointed in the last run. I didn’t push real hard the first two runs thinking there was probably more potential in the car. I think we have a really good race car, so from there we can do a lot,” said Montoya.
Three drivers failed to qualify for the event, they were Brett Moffitt, David Stremme, and Matt Crafton. Crafton, the defending Truck Series champion, was looking to make his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend.
The Crown Royal 400 gets underway at 1 PM EST on Sunday and fans can catch the action on ESPN.
|1||4||Kevin Harvick||Jimmy John’s Chevrolet||47.753|
|2||24||Jeff Gordon||Axalta Chevrolet||47.931|
|3||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite Ford||48.156|
|4||31||Ryan Newman||Quicken Loans Chevrolet||48.189|
|5||55||Brian Vickers||Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota||48.269|
|6||14||Tony Stewart||Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet||48.337|
|7||41||Kurt Busch||Haas Automation Chevrolet||48.402|
|8||12||Juan Pablo Montoya||Penske Truck Rental Ford||48.407|
|9||22||Joey Logano||Shell Pennzoil Ford||48.432|
|10||5||Kasey Kahne||Time Warner Cable Chevrolet||48.464|
|11||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet||48.526|
|12||18||Kyle Busch||Snickers Toyota||48.651|
|13||20||Matt Kenseth||Dollar General Toyota||48.526|
|14||10||Danica Patrick||GoDaddy Chevrolet||48.546|
|15||42||Kyle Larson||Target Chevrolet||48.582|
|16||15||Clint Bowyer||RK Motors Charlotte Toyota||48.615|
|17||3||Austin Dillon||Dow/Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet||48.636|
|18||99||Carl Edwards||Fastenal Ford||48.651|
|19||16||Greg Biffle||3M Safety Ford||48.675|
|20||21||Trevor Bayne||Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford||48.683|
|21||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||EcoPower Oil Ford||48.717|
|22||9||Marcos Ambrose||Stanley Ford||48.800|
|23||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||National Guard Chevrolet||48.943|
|24||1||Jamie McMurray||Cessna Chevrolet||49.017|
|25||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Chevrolet||48.794|
|26||13||Casey Mears||GEICO Chevrolet||48.986|
|27||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Express Toyota||48.995|
|28||95||Michael McDowell||K-Love Ford||49.029|
|29||27||Paul Menard||Moen/Menards Chevrolet||49.036|
|30||98||Josh Wise||Curb Records/Lee Brice Chevrolet||49.216|
|31||51||Justin Allgaier||Collision Cure Body Werks Chevrolet||49.273|
|32||83||Ryan Truex||Burger King Toyota||49.295|
|33||7||Michael Annett||Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet||49.384|
|34||38||David Gilliland||Love’s Travel Stops Ford||49.431|
|35||23||Alex Bowman||Dr. Pepper Toyota||49.487|
|36||47||AJ Allmendinger||Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet||49.501|
|37||40||Landon Cassill||Carsforsale.com Chevrolet||Owner Points|
|38||34||David Ragan||MDS Ford||Owner Points|
|39||26||Cole Whitt||Speed Stick Gear Toyota||Owner Points|
|40||32||Travis Kvapil||KeenParts.com/tryandrozene.com Ford||Owner Points|
|41||43||Aric Almirola||Eckrich Ford||Owner Points|
|42||36||Reed Sorenson||Zing Zang Chevrolet||Owner Points|
|43||37||Bobby Labonte||Accell Construction Chevrolet||Past Champion|
|DNQ: #66 Brett Moffitt; #33 David Stremme; #29 Matt Crafton|