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Kevin Harvick Freaky Fast In Bristol

Kevin Harvick Freaky Fast In Bristol

by August 22, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet won the Coors Light Pole Award for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway by running a lap time of 14.607 seconds at 131.362.

The pole marks Harvick’s 11th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. So far in 2014, he has earned five poles. However, this is his first at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It feels great,” Harvick said. “ Just have to thank everybody on our Jimmy John’s team for really everything they do every week for qualifying and race cars that they bring to the race track are just incredibly fast. They have helped improve my qualifying record a tremendous amount. Today was no different.”

Jeff Gordon was fastest during the first round, but he had to settle for a runner-up starting for Saturday’s race. The qualifying effort is his 15th start inside the top-10 this season. Gordon has an impressive 33 top-10 starts in 44 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“Gosh I’m still excited,” Gordon said. In practice we were pretty good, but we needed a little bit more and again just a great team effort and communication by this Drive To End Hunger Chevy SS team. We are just so thrilled to get a front row start here at Bristol. That means a lot. I know it wasn’t a pole, Kevin (Harvick) put up a great lap. I thought I had a really good lap that first run out. I came on the radio and I said ‘that is all I got.’ When you go do that and the car is well balanced and you get a good lap you know that it’s up to somebody else to just take a little more risk and maybe get it and Kevin did. Hats off to them and another great start to a weekend for this team. To go to Watkins Glen, Michigan and then back to Bristol and be this competitive is just a real testament to how great this team is and that No. 24 Chevrolet.”

Carl Edwards will start from the third position on Saturday night. The starting position is his ninth top-10 start of the season. He has 11 top-10 starts in “Thunder Valley”.

“I was just telling Jeff (Gordon) that the track has a lot of grip and the cars are extremely fast,” Edwards said. “It was really a pretty fun lap. This is a really fun race track, had a lot of fun in the spring and hopefully this starting spot helps us work towards our goal of winning another race here. But, yes, fast laps. I don’t know what it looks like, but, man, it is screaming fast in there. I don’t know how my first lap out there was any good because I didn’t quite even know where I was there and got everything gathered up and it was decent, so it’s just a crazy race track.”

The IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will air live on ABC and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 7:30 p.m. EST tomorrow night.

1.) #4 Kevin Harvick
2.) #24 Jeff Gordon
3.) #99 Carl Edwards
4.) #18 Kyle Busch
5.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
6.) #22 Joey Logano
7.) #41 Kurt Busch
8.) #16 Greg Biffle
9.) #2 Brad Keselowski
10.) #9 Marcos Ambrose
11.) #31 Ryan Newman
12.) #5 Kasey Kahne
13.) #11 Denny Hamlin
14.) #15 Clint Bowyer
15.) #55 Brian Vickers
16.) #20 Matt Kenseth
17.) #27 Paul Menard
18.) #1 Jamie McMurray
19.) #51 Justin Allgaier
20.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
21.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
22.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
23.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
24.) #10 Danica Patrick
25.) #14 Jeff Burton
26.) #3 Austin Dillon
27.) #23 Alex Bowman
28.) #95 Michael McDowell
29.) #34 David Ragan
30.) #98 Josh Wise
31.) #66 Brett Moffitt
32.) #38 David Gilliland
33.) #83 Ryan Truex
34.) #26 Cole Whitt
35.) #37 Dave Blaney
36.) #36 Reed Sorenson
37.) #32 JJ Yeley
38.) #7 Michael Annett
39.) #40 Landon Cassill
40.) #42 Kyle Larson
41.) #33 David Stremme
42.) #43 Aric Almirola
43.) #13 Casey Mears

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.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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