By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange 7: The number of races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that have been won from the pole position this year, the most since 2009, when drivers in the top starting spot also won seven times. After earning his first pole in seven years in Friday's qualifying session at Kansas Speedway, Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at the 1.5-mile track. Those who downplay the importance of qualifying should recognize that nearly a fourth of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup races have been won from the top spot on the grid.
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