There was plenty of speed to be dug up during Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award qualifying at Kansas Speedway on Friday and Kevin Harvick brought his shovel.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver smashed the former track qualifying record of 191.864 mph set by defending race winner Matt Kenseth in the second round with a best speed of 195.66 and blazed the 1.5-mile oval at a 194.252 clip in the final round to pick up his second pole of the season. Last fall, Harvick won the race at Kansas from the pole. It's his eighth career pole.
Joey Logano (193.910) will start alongside Harvick on front row, followed by a pair of Fords in teammate Brad Keselowski (193.507) and Missouri native Carl Edwards (193.188).
Rookie Kyle Larson (193.050) starts fifth, while SHR's Kurt Busch (193.043) is sixth.
All four Hendrick Motorsports cars were knocked out in the second round, as Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 13th, 14th, 17th and 22nd, respectively. Hometown hero Clint Bowyer -- set to make his 300th career Sprint Cup start -- and Kyle Busch were also knocked out and will start 23rd and 24th,respectively.
Notable drivers who did not make the cut following the first session include defending pole and race-winner Matt Kenseth, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and last week's winner at Talladega Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and AJ Allmendinger. Dave Blaney, who needed to qualify 36th or better to make the race lineup, will be the odd man out come race time after his 40th position inadvertantly ceded the spot to his son Ryan Blaney, who qualified 21st in his Sprint Cup debut.
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