Kevin Harvick earns first pole in seven years at Kansas

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Speedway was repaved a year ago but the NASCAR teams are still trying to figure it out. Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevy team seems to have it figured out this weekend. It doesn’t help that Goodyear is trying out a new multi compound tire like they used at Atlanta.

It’s been forever, I think 2006.”  Harvick added, “Just proud of my Budweiser Chevrolet guys for obviously putting a fast car underneath me and being able to put it all together for our qualifying lap.  I think the most exciting thing is just the first pit stall.  We know this race is going to have a lot of pit strategy and being able to have that down there is definitely going to be worth qualifying first.

Kevin Harvick ran a lap of 28.796 seconds or 187.526 to best all of them. He will start the race from the pole. More importantly he is now qualified for the Sprint Unlimited. The Sprint Unlimited run in February at Daytona is for pole winners. Even though Kevin will be driving for a new team the qualifying for this race follows the driver and not the team.

Kevin Harvick is currently fourth in the standings 39 points behind Matt Kenseth. His Coors Light Pole will go a long way to help him possibly beat those guys and move back into contention.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start second, Jimmie Johnson third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Joey Logano fifth.

If you can’t get to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 it will be televised on ESPN starting at 1 PM ET on Sunday October 6th.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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