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Kevin Harvick gets his fourth pole of the season at Indianapolis

Driver Kevin Harvick prepares to practice for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup series auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Driver Kevin Harvick prepares to practice for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup series auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Kevin Harvick has another fast car.

Harvick grabbed his Sprint Cup Series-leading fourth pole of the season Saturday at Indianapolis, beating Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski for the right to start first in the Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

(Yes, we typed that race name out simply to show the utter absurdity of the current name of the formerly and simply named Brickyard 400.)

Throughout the three rounds of qualifying, Harvick had the fastest car. All he did was simply go out once in each session, lay down one incredibly quick lap, and go back to pit road and wait to see if anyone would beat his time. No one did.

Stewart-Haas' other three cars are fast too. Both Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart made the final round. Stewart starts sixth while Busch is seventh. Danica Patrick missed the final round but starts 14th.

Harvick has one other pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2003, he started first and finished first. And in his three other poles this season, Harvick has a win (Darlington) and two second-place finishes (Kansas, Michigan.) We're going to go out on the weakest of limbs and say that at Indy, a place where track position is absolutely critical, Harvick will be a factor.

Defending champion Ryan Newman qualified fourth while Brian Vickers starts fifth.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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