Harvick wins Kansas pole, SHR sweeps first two rows

Jim Utter
Motorsport

Harvick, still looking for his first win of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, won the pole for Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 and will have his three Stewart-Haas Racing teammates lined up behind him.

Harvick’s average lap speed of 179.217 mph topped teammates Aric Almirola (178.725 mph), Clint Bowyer (178.324 mph) and Daniel Suarez (178.247 mph).

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of his career. It’s also his fourth at Kansas and second in the last three races.

“The mile-and-half race tracks have been quite a handful for us as we’ve gone through the beginning of the season,” said Harvick, who won this race a year ago. “From new cars to different engines and different headers and body builds and new sim files and aero maps – you name it, this is the next step.

“They’ve done a great job. Everybody knew we were a little bit behind but we saw some light at Texas. Everybody’s done a great job today. The car is fast and it drives great in traffic and hopefully when it gets dark tomorrow night, we’ll have another good night in Kansas.”

Harvick was also fastest on long runs in both of Friday’s practices, another good indication that he should be strong in the race as well.

“We decided to run two long runs, one at the end of the first session and the second at the end of the second session. We didn’t get in the middle of the big pack,” he said.

“I think when everybody is in the middle of the big pack, the car is going to push and slide on the restarts and then it will file out and you’ll have to go by them three or four at a time in front of you and then one at a time.

“I’m happy with how my car drove. It has a ton of speed and hopefully we can capitalize on it.”

1

4

United States
United States

 Kevin Harvick 

 

Ford

30.131

 

179.217

2

10

United States
United States

 Aric Almirola 

 

Ford

30.214

0.083

178.725

3

14

United States
United States

 Clint Bowyer 

 

Ford

30.282

0.151

178.324

4

41

Mexico
Mexico

 Daniel Suarez 

 

Ford

30.295

0.164

178.247

5

9

United States
United States

 Chase Elliott 

 

Chevrolet

30.345

0.214

177.954

6

19

United States
United States

 Martin Truex Jr. 

 

Toyota

30.447

0.316

177.357

7

24

United States
United States

 William Byron 

 

Chevrolet

30.483

0.352

177.148

8

42

United States
United States

 Kyle Larson 

 

Chevrolet

30.530

0.399

176.875

9

2

United States
United States

 Brad Keselowski 

 

Ford

30.540

0.409

176.817

10

88

United States
United States

 Alex Bowman 

 

Chevrolet

30.542

0.411

176.806

11

20

United States
United States

 Erik Jones 

 

Toyota

30.577

0.446

176.603

12

43

United States
United States

 Darrell Wallace Jr. 

 

Chevrolet

30.579

0.448

176.592

13

18

United States
United States

 Kyle Busch 

 

Toyota

30.586

0.455

176.551

14

1

United States
United States

 Kurt Busch 

 

Chevrolet

30.586

0.455

176.551

15

13

United States
United States

 Ty Dillon 

 

Chevrolet

30.605

0.474

176.442

16

21

United States
United States

 Paul Menard 

 

Ford

30.644

0.513

176.217

17

11

United States
United States

 Denny Hamlin 

 

Toyota

30.651

0.520

176.177

18

48

United States
United States

 Jimmie Johnson 

 

Chevrolet

30.673

0.542

176.051

19

12

United States
United States

 Ryan Blaney 

 

Ford

30.676

0.545

176.033

20

22

United States
United States

 Joey Logano 

 

Ford

30.729

0.598

175.730

21

17

United States
United States

 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 

 

Ford

30.732

0.601

175.713

22

3

United States
United States

 Austin Dillon 

 

Chevrolet

30.751

0.620

175.604

23

34

United States
United States

 Michael McDowell 

 

Ford

30.818

0.687

175.222

24

32

United States
United States

 Corey Lajoie 

 

Ford

30.820

0.689

175.211

25

00

United States
United States

 Landon Cassill 

 

Chevrolet

30.823

0.692

175.194

26

8

United States
United States

 Daniel Hemric 

 

Chevrolet

30.825

0.694

175.182

27

37

United States
United States

 Chris Buescher 

 

Chevrolet

30.889

0.758

174.820

28

6

United States
United States

 Ryan Newman 

 

Ford

30.893

0.762

174.797

29

95

United States
United States

 Matt DiBenedetto 

 

Toyota

30.917

0.786

174.661

30

31

United States
United States

 Tyler Reddick 

 

Chevrolet

30.932

0.801

174.576

31

47

United States
United States

 Ryan Preece 

 

Chevrolet

30.938

0.807

174.543

32

52

Bayley Currey 

 

Ford

30.956

0.825

174.441

33

38

United States
United States

 David Ragan 

 

Ford

30.992

0.861

174.239

34

77

United States
United States

 Quin Houff 

 

Chevrolet

31.123

0.992

173.505

35

36

United States
United States

 Matt Tifft 

 

Ford

31.192

1.061

173.121

36

15

United States
United States

 Ross Chastain 

 

Chevrolet

31.242

1.111

172.844

37

51

Cody Ware 

 

Chevrolet

31.590

1.459

170.940

38

46

United States
United States

 Joey Gase 

 

Toyota

32.027

1.896

168.608

39

66

United States
United States

 Timmy Hill 

 

Toyota

34.485

4.354

156.590

40

27

United States
United States

 Reed Sorenson 

 

Chevrolet

 

 

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