Kevin Harvick finished up first the last time NASCAR was at the Kansas Speedway and he his start first this time around. With a new track record of 194.658 mph, Harvick grabbed the pole for the 5-Hour Energy 400.
“It’s been a good race track for us the last couple times we’ve been here,” said Harvick. “To have our Jimmy John’s Chevrolet starting up front and to get that first pit stall, it’s a good place to start for sure and definitely an advantage all night for sure.”
Harvick lead a quartet of Stewart Haas racing drivers in the final round of knock out qualifying, Kurt Busch will start sixth, Tony Stewart eighth and Danica Patrick ninth.
“I feel like as a company that’s a good progression,” said Harvick. “ I feel like that’s probably the most consistent qualifying run we’ve had outside of the speedways stuff. That makes everyone feel like they are doing a good job at the shop and working together well.”
The rest of the top five in qualifying include Joey Logano, Brad Keselowksi , Calr Edwards and rookie Kyle Larson.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer had a disappointing day of qualifying at his home track, failing to advance to final round of knock outs. He will start the first night race at the Kansas Speedway 23rd.
“We made it to the second round but my Cherry 5-Hour Energy Toyota was just too tight,” said Bowyer. “Not the stating spot we we’re looking for, but we will get after it for the race tomorrow.”