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Harvick On Pole For Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500

Harvick On Pole For Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500

by August 29, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

HAMPTON, Ga. – Kevin Harvick sits on the Coors Light Pole for Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after clocking a lap time of 29.118 seconds at 190.398 mph.

The pole effort marks Harvick’s first at the speedway. It’s also his 12th career pole, six of the 2014 season. Harvick struggled and was only 16th fastest in the first round of qualifying. During the second round, he was second fastest.

“Our car didn’t really change that much,” Harvick said. “I just messed the first round up really bad trying to do something that I wasn’t doing in practice. Luckily we were fast enough to be able to get through the first round into the second round. The second round we got into a little better rhythm where I wanted to run on the race track. I’ve got to thank everybody on our Jimmy John’s team they make my life a lot easier on Friday’s and this is a lot of fun.”

Brad Keselowski qualified his No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion in the second position on Friday night. The effort is his first top-10 start at the speedway and the 20th of his career.

“It’s by far the best qualifying effort I’ve ever had here,” Keselowski said. “That’s a testament to the team and the work they’ve done and trying to be better. We’re having a phenomenal season, but I just wish it would have been one more spot instead of second to first-place, but that’s the way it goes and hopefully we can find that one more spot here Sunday night. The car has been really fast so far as the weekend is just getting started here on Friday. I’m very pumped for this opportunity and this challenge.”

Kyle Larson qualified third and was also the fastest qualifying rookie. The third place effort is his first top-10 start at the speedway and the eighth of his career.

“It was a good qualifying effort for everybody at Target Chip Ganassi Racing,” Larson said. “It was a little bit better than we probably though we were going to be after practice. We were a few tenths off of people that made good runs in practice. But, that shows that the engineers and everybody made good adjustments after we ended the first practice before qualifying. And I was able to get through Turns at both ends better. I was pretty tight in practice. The car was really good there in qualifying. I was consistent. I guess we just didn’t get around the track as quickly as the No. 4 (Kevin Harvick, pole winner).”

The Oral-B USA 500 will be live on ESPN and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Oral-B USA 500 Starting Lineup:
1.) #4 Kevin Harvick
2.) #2 Brad Keselowski
3.) #42 Kyle Larson
4.) #31 Ryan Newman
5.) #20 Matt Kenseth
6.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
7.) #43 Aric Almirola
8.) #18 Kyle Busch
9.) #24 Jeff Gordon
10.) #5 Kasey Kahne
11.) #99 Carl Edwards
12.) #14 Tony Stewart
13.) #3 Austin Dillon
14.) #22 Joey Logano
15.) #1 Jamie McMurray
16.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
17.) #11 Denny Hamlin
18.) #16 Greg Biffle
19.) #55 Brian Vickers
20.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
21.) #15 Clint Bowyer
22.) #41 Kurt Busch
23.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
24.) #13 Casey Mears
25.) #7 Michael Annett
26.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
27.) #10 Danica Patrick
28.) #37 Mike Bliss
29.) #33 Ty Dillon
30.) #23 Alex Bowman
31.) #51 Justin Allgaier
32.) #9 Marcos Ambrose
33.) #27 Paul Menard
34.) #77 Joe Nemecheck
35.) #66 Brett Moffitt
36.) #98 Josh Wise
37.) #38 David Gilliland
38.) #34 David Ragan
39.) #83 Ryan Truex
40.) #26 Cole Whitt
41.) #32 JJ Yeley
42.) #40 Landon Cassill
43.) #36 Reed Sorenson

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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