KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Stewart-Haas Racing speed carried over from Texas.
In the Sprint Cup Series' first trip to a 1.5 mile track since Texas Motor Speedway, where Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick started on the front row, Harvick grabbed the pole for Saturday night's race at Kansas Speedway after winning all three qualifying sessions.
All four Stewart-Haas cars made the final qualifying session. Kurt Busch ended up sixth, Stewart eighth and Danica Patrick ninth.
While racing for Richard Childress Racing last season, Harvick won the pole for the fall race at Kansas Speedway and subsequently dominated, leading 138 laps en route to the win.
The Team Penske qualifying success continued on Friday too. Joey Logano starts second while Brad Keselowski is third. The duo are the only two drivers with an average starting position in the top 10 this season.
Carl Edwards and Kyle Larson round out the top five.
While all four SHR cars made the final session, none of the Hendrick Motorsports cars did. Jeff Gordon starts 13th, Jimmie Johnson 14th, Kasey Kahne 17th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 22nd.
Ryan Blaney qualified for his first Sprint Cup Series race in a third Team Penske entry, but he won't race with his dad Dave, who was the lone car to fail to qualify for the race. Had both Blaneys qualified for the race, Ryan and Dave would have become the first father-son duo to race in a Sprint Cup race since Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton Jr. raced at Atlanta in 2005.
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