Harvick on pole for GEICO 500


By Dominic Aragon

April 28, 2018


TALLADEGA, Ala.—Kevin Harvick earned the pole for the GEICO 500 Saturday with a 49.247 second lap time (194.448 mph) at Talladega Superspeedway.


The pole is Harvick’s first pole of 2018 and 22nd of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, good enough for 34th all-time list. Harvick ties Dale Earnhardt, Carl Edwards and Ernie Irvan with all-time Cup Series poles.


“We had no clue as to how fast the car would actually run,” Harvick said. “We knew we had a fast car, but we didn’t do any qualifying runs.”


Harvick will share the front row with Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch after he posted the second-fastest lap time (43.340 seconds/194.082 mph) in the final round of qualifying. Rounding out the top five are Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott.


Defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start seventh.


Vying for four consecutive victories in the Cup Series, Kyle Busch will start 19th.


The GEICO 500 will be run Sunday with live television coverage on FOX at 2 p.m. ET.


STARTING LINEUP

1) No. 4 Kevin Harvick
2) No. 41 Kurt Busch
3) No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.
4) No. 11 Denny Hamlin
5) No. 9 Chase Elliott
6) No. 20 Erik Jones
7) No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
8) No. 14 Clint Bowyer
9) No. 22 Joey Logano
10) No. 2 Brad Keselowski
11) No. 88 Alex Bowman
12) No. 38 David Ragan
13) No. 21 Paul Menard
14) No. 19 Daniel Suarez
15) No. 43 Darrell Wallace Jr.
16) No. 48 Jimmie Johnson
17) No. 24 William Byron
18) No. 31 Ryan Newman
19) No. 18 Kyle Busch
20) No. 34 Michael McDowell
21) No. 6 Trevor Bayne
22) No. 42 Kyle Larson
23) No. 12 Ryan Blaney
24) No. 3 Austin Dillon
25) No. 37 Chris Buescher
26) No. 95 Kasey Kahne
27) No. 1 Jamie McMurray
28) No. 47 A.J. Allmendinger
29) No. 13 Ty Dillon
30) No. 62 Brendan Gaughan
31) No. 96 D.J. Kennington
32) No. 92 Timothy Peters
33) No. 32 Matt DiBenedetto
34) No. 00 Joey Gase
35) No. 15 Ross Chastain
36) No. 72 Cole Whitt
37) No. 23 Gray Gaulding
38) No. 55 Reed Sorenson
39) No. 51 Timmy Hill
40) No. 10 Aric Almirola

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SOURCES

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