Another qualifying record bites the dust. Kevin Harvick put up a fast lap of 131.362 miles per hour to grab the pole for Saturday night’s race and bested the track record by nearly 3 miles per hour.
"Track position is definitely as important as it is anywhere here with the current groove and where you are running,” said Harvick. “I felt good about our car during practice and just have to stay in there all night and do the best we can."
Jeff Gordon, who was only about a 10th of a mile per hour slower than Harvick will start second. Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano round out the top five. In all, 12 drivers were faster than the old qualifying record.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer again failed to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying will start 14th.
"We needed two-hundredths,” said Bowyer. “ I think we'll race alright. We always seem to race well here. Fun race, long race, a lot can happen, just got to maintain and keep yourself in the game and if you can do that you'll always seem like you can somehow get in the mix for the end."