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Harvick blisters Michigan to win pole

204.557 MPH
Friday, June 13, 2014

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Holding his son, Keelan, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, won the pole position Friday
Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing
Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Qualifying Pole Award on Friday at Michigan International Speedway, leading all three rounds of group qualifying.

This is Harvick's first career pole at the 2-mile track. On Sunday, he'll go for his second win here. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver set a track record in the final round with a speed of 204.557 mph, the fastest qualifying speed in the sport since 1987.

Lining up second will be Jeff Gordon, who posted a speed of 203.776 mph.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Aric Almirola and Paul Menard will round out the top five.

Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon are a few of the drivers that failed to advance to the third and final round.

Notable drivers that did not advance to the second round were Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick, along with Team Penske part-timer Juan Pablo Montoya and Joe Gibbs Racing regular Denny Hamlin.

The Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with coverage on TNT.

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS – POLE WINNER
BEFORE THIS KNOCKOUT QUALIFYING CAME INTO PLAY SIX NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES POLES.  YOU KNOW HAVE THREE WITH THIS FORM OF QUALIFYING:
“I think that is just a credit on our Budweiser and Stewart-Haas race team for putting fast race cars on the track.  When you put it together with the Hendrick Motorsports engine package it creates a lot of speed and it makes coming to these place a lot of fun.  Really excited to start on the pole and get that first pit box and hopefully we can put the whole day together on Sunday.”

WAS YOUR CAR JUST THAT GOOD BY ITSELF OR DID YOU TRY TO FIND SOME AIDE AS WELL?
“We just kind of wanted to go right at the beginning of that session.  The second session I got too close to the No. 88 coming to the green and I felt like it hurt my lap.  We just tried to get a clean lap that time.  The car actually ran the fastest that it had.  I think clean air for us was probably a better decision.”

YOU CAN’T HOLD YOUR BREATH AROUND HERE THAT LONG, CAN YOU?
“You know, it’s actually the opposite. You just have to relax and really pay attention to not overdrive it because it’s so easy to miss your line on the entry to the corner. So, I’ve just got to thank everybody on my Budweiser Chevrolet; and everybody from the Hendrick Motorsports engine shop. You put those two packages together and it creates a lot of speed. My guys are doing a great job and we just have to keep doing everything we’ve been doing, and we have fast race cars.”

HOW FRUSTRATING HAVE THE WEEKS BEEN WHEN YOU HAVE THE FAST CARS AND YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO COME THROUGH WITH THE WIN?
“Well, it’s just part of it. In my career I’ve won a lot of races that I probably shouldn’t have won and lost a lot that you should have won. So, it’s a vicious cycle and we’ve had flat tires two weeks in a row and really fast cars to go along with it. But, you just have to keep plugging along week by week, and that’s where the experience in this sport, and a lot of these guys have been around this a long time. Monday morning, you’d better forget what you did last week because you’ve got to worry about the week coming.”

Results

Pos No. DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 204.557 35.198 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 203.776 35.333 +0.135
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard/Superman 203.729 35.341 +0.143
4 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 203.200 35.433 +0.235
5 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 203.040 35.461 +0.263
6 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 202.908 35.484 +0.286
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 202.401 35.573 +0.375
8 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 202.043 35.636 +0.438
9 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 202.032 35.638 +0.440
10 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 201.331 35.762 +0.564
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 200.490 35.912 +0.714
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 201.117 35.800 +0.602
13 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 200.876 35.843 +0.645
14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 200.842 35.849 +0.651
15 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 200.831 35.851 +0.653
16 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 200.820 35.853 +0.655
17 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet CSS USA Airflow Systems 200.730 35.869 +0.671
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Military Salute Ford Fusion 200.518 35.907 +0.709
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 200.457 35.918 +0.720
20 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 200.128 35.977 +0.779
21 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 199.967 36.006 +0.808
22 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 199.534 36.084 +0.886
23 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 199.518 36.087 +0.889
24 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 199.165 36.151 +0.953
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Charter 200.837 35.850 +0.652
26 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 200.457 35.918 +0.720
27 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 200.451 35.919 +0.721
28 12 Juan Pablo Montoya Ford SKF 200.217 35.961 +0.763
29 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 199.933 36.012 +0.814
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford EcoPower Oil 199.750 36.045 +0.847
31 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 199.617 36.069 +0.871
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver's 198.593 36.255 +1.057
33 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 198.571 36.259 +1.061
34 66 Brett Moffitt Toyota Toyota Let's Go Places 198.347 36.300 +1.102
35 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet All City Leasing & Warehousing 197.900 36.382 +1.184
36 33 David Stremme Chevrolet Little Joe's Autos 197.666 36.425 +1.227
37 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 197.390 36.476 +1.278
38 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 196.969 36.554 +1.356
39 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet CRC Brakleen 196.566 36.629 +1.431
40 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Theme Park Connection Chevrolet 196.266 36.685 +1.487
41 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 195.434 36.841 +1.643
42 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Speed Stick GEAR Toyota 195.127 36.899 +1.701
43 32 Travis Kvapil Ford Keenparts.com-Corvetteparts.net 194.963 36.930 +1.732

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