Harvick to start on pole

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Kevin Harvick poses for a photo with son Keelan and wife DeLana.

By Dominic Aragon
August 23, 2014


Kevin Harvick will lead tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Birstol Motor Speedway to the green flag.

Harvick won his fifth pole of 2014 Friday, posting a 14.607 second lap. The lap is a new track qualifying record, beating the record pace set by Denny Hamlin in March.

“I knew we had a good car in practice, and we’re able to get it good in race trim,” Harvick said. “We were able to put down two solid laps and wound up with the pole. Anytime you can beat the 24 [team] right now, things are going okay.”

Harvick’s five poles leads all drivers this season and is a career-high for the first-year Stewart-Haas Racing driver.

“I’ve never been in pit stall one here, so I’m hoping it’s better than anywhere else we’ve pit before,” Harvick said when asked about the importance of the first pit stall.

“This is going to be a track position game, I believe, because of the groove and the way the tires don’t fall off.”

Before 2014, Harvick had scored six career pole position starts in 473 races. With an average starting position of 9.2 entering Bristol, 2014 has been Harvick’s best season statistically in terms of qualifying.

Harvick has now earned five pole positions in the last 16 races. When pressed on what his secret is to qualifying better, Harvick credited running in better equipment.

“Faster cars, that’s it,” he said.

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Kevin Harvick holds the pole day trophy at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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