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Kevin Harvick wins pole at Michigan, Jeff Gordon second

Kevin Harvick practices for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa
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Kevin Harvick practices for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

It was a day for Hendrick engines on Friday at Michigan.

Kevin Harvick grabbed his third pole of the season as five cars with Hendrick engines qualified in the top 10. Harvick's lap of over 204 MPH is also a track record.

Jeff Gordon qualified second while 2012 Michigan-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third and Jimmie Johnson was was seventh. The other Hendrick engine in the top 10 was Kurt Busch in eighth.

And yes, that means Brad Keselowski didn't qualify on the front row. He was sixth, while teammate Joey Logano was ninth.

44 cars attempted to qualify for the race, and Ryan Truex was the only one to miss.

Harvick's speed wasn't surprising; he was one of the fastest cars throughout Friday's practice, just like he was last week at Pocono, where he was the dominant car before the race and started fourth. However, after a flat tire issue, he ended up 17th.

Now that he's starting first and unfortunately for Harvick, he only has one place to go: down. And given the issues that have (relatively) slowed the team so far through 2014, a dominating win or a fluky circumstance to derail a good run seem equally as likely.

We'll find out Sunday.

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