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Harvick wins Talladega pole

All-Ford front row
Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Harvick wins pole
Harvick wins pole
Kevin Harvick hadn’t won a pole at a restrictor-plate track since 2005.

Kurt Busch had never topped qualifying for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at a superspeedway

But those two Stewart-Haas Racing Ford drivers were the class of the field during time trials on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, where Harvick outdueled Busch to secure his first Busch Pole Award of the season.

In the decisive second round, Harvick covered the 2.66-mile distance in 49.247 seconds (194.448 mph) to earn his second Talladega pole and the 22nd of his career. Busch was close behind with a 49.340-second lap (194.082 mph) in the money round.

The two Fords will start on the front row in Sunday’s GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), ahead of Toyota drivers Martin Truex Jr. (193.525 mph) and Denny Hamlin (192.936 mph), who qualified third and fourth, respectively.

“We had no clue as to how fast the car would actually run,” said Harvick, who scored his lone victory at Talladega in 2010. “We knew we had a fast car, but we didn’t do any qualifying runs (in practice) or anything like that.”

In fact, Harvick’s run in the first round was halted when teammate Aric Almirola’s Ford spun out of control with a tire down, and Harvick ran through the debris from the No. 10 Ford.

“The first indicator was the first time on the race track, and that was even a little bit of a question, because of the fact that we had to change the tires and cool the engine down,” Harvick said. “We didn’t know what the pickup in the car was going to be – or not be.

“It’s always a little bit of a surprise.”

Harvick’s pole-winning run in the No. 4 Ford denied Busch a milestone he coveted.

Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
“I’ve never been on the pole for a plate race and wanted to check it off,” Busch said. “It was a bucket-list item. I really wanted the pole today.

“But two Stewart-Haas Fords on the front row – we’d have loved to have gotten the pole, but we’re outside pole, and I’m proud of our Monster Energy Ford.”

Chase Elliott qualified fifth in the fastest Chevrolet (192.754 mph), followed by Erik Jones and defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr.. Series leader Kyle Busch, who is seeking a fourth straight victory, failed to advance to the second round and will start 19th.

Five-time Talladega winner Brad Keselowski will start 10th, to the outside of Team Penske teammate Joey Logano.

Lineup

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Beer Flannel Ford 49.247 194.448
2 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford 49.340 194.082
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota 49.482 193.525
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 49.633 192.936
5 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 49.680 192.754
6 20 Erik Jones XYO Network Toyota 49.686 192.730
7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford 49.900 191.904
8 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Demo Day Ford 49.947 191.723
9 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford 49.968 191.643
10 2 Brad Keselowski Snap On Ford 50.046 191.344
11 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 50.071 191.248
12 38 David Ragan Bad Boy Mowers Ford 50.113 191.088
13 21 Paul Menard Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 50.009 191.486
14 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 50.011 191.478
15 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. # Petty's Garage/Medallion Bank Chevrolet 50.054 191.313
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 50.068 191.260
17 24 William Byron # Liberty University Chevrolet 50.087 191.187
18 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 50.107 191.111
19 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Flavor Vote Toyota 50.109 191.103
20 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops/Roller Bites Ford 50.138 190.993
21 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 50.140 190.985
22 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 50.151 190.943
23 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Richmond Ford 50.269 190.495
24 3 Austin Dillon Dow Scooper Cat Chevrolet 50.363 190.140
25 37 Chris Buescher Degree Chevrolet 50.454 189.797
26 95 Kasey Kahne Procore Safety Qualified Chevrolet 50.462 189.767
27 1 Jamie McMurray DC Solar Chevrolet 50.474 189.721
28 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 50.476 189.714
29 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 50.762 188.645
30 62 Brendan Gaughan BeardOilDist/SthPntHtl&Csno Chev 50.766 188.630
31 96 DJ Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 51.145 187.232
32 92 Timothy Peters(i) Advance Auto Parts/BTS Tire & Wheel Ford 51.190 187.068
33 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Wholey Ford 51.319 186.598
34 00 Joey Gase(i) Sparks Inc. Chevrolet 51.484 186.000
35 15 Ross Chastain(i) Chevrolet 51.564 185.711
36 72 Cole Whitt 1950 Clothing Company Chevrolet 51.710 185.187
37 23 Gray Gaulding Earthwater Toyota 52.102 183.793
38 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 52.372 182.846
39 51 Timmy Hill(i) Keen's Building/Race to Erase Opioids Ford 52.647 181.891
40 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 54.604 175.372

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