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Kevin Harvick posts fastest lap in Pocono qualifying

Kevin Harvick is the provisional pole sitter at Pocono Raceway. Photo by Dante Ricci / TRE.

LONG POND, Pa. Kevin Harvick posted a “fresh” lap after a “gnarly” run at Pocono Raceway on Saturday afternoon.

The freshest lap of the day, Harvick wheeled the ‘Gen X’ version of the Busch Beer Ford Mustang to the pole position with a lap of 174.058 mph.

Kevin Harvick in the ‘Gen X’ Busch Beer Ford Mustang at Pocono Raceway. Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE.

Harvick is yet to win at The Tricky Triangle in the cup series, but as he told the members of the NASCAR media earlier in the day that he’s not frustrated about being winless at Pocono.

“I don’t get frustrated,” Harvick said. “I just want to win. I think we’ve been in position to win and I think I said this last week, there’s not a race that we go to that we don’t think we can win even though we’ve never won here, but we’ve been in position a number of times to win here and it’s just like last week, finally we knocked that wall down and things will go your way and you’ll be on the right side of it as long as you keep the performance where it has been here.

“We’ve had a lot of things go wrong here over the past several years and in contention to win races, so if you stay in contention to win races long enough, you will.”

Kevin Harvick in the Pocono Raceway Media Center after winning the provisional pole at Pocono Raceway. Photo by Justin Melillo / TRE.

Harvick will start alongside the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Joey Logano.

Harvick’s teammate Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon round out the Top 5.

Kyle Busch, the defending race winner, and winner back in June, is looking to make it three-in-a-row on Sunday, and will start in the seventh position.

William Byron, who won the pole position at Pocono Raceway back in June, will start eighth on Sunday.

“We were just a little bit loose, but overall, I think tomorrow is going to be about keeping the track position,” Byron said post-qualifying. “I think we have a good car, so we’ll see what happened.”

The qualifying results from Saturday will be kept unofficial until post-qualifying / pre-race inspection is completed on Sunday morning.


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