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Kevin Harvick Earns Seventh Pole Of The 2014 Season

Kevin Harvick Earns Seventh Pole Of The 2014 Season

by September 26, 2014 0 comments

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DOVER, Del. – Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway after running a lap of 22.095 seconds at 162.933 mph.

The effort marks Harvick’s seventh pole and 20th top-10 start of the 2014 season. Prior to the 2014 season, he only had a combined six career poles since he started competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series back in 2001. It’s also Harvick’s first pole in 28 attempts at Dover International Speedway. His previous best starting position at the speedway was back in 2003 when he qualified third.

“These guys do an awesome job in preparing the race cars,” Harvick said. “The first time here this year we struggled here after we unloaded a little bit, but they had it good by Saturday. We unloaded really good this time and it has carried through the weekend. So just really happy for everybody on our Budweiser Chevrolet. I have never really qualified that well really anywhere, but here, I guess that is going to be a good deal to have the first pit stall. Here, especially under yellow you just don’t have to go very far when you are leaving the pit box. The good pit stalls are typically on that end of pit road, and if you wind up having to get out of your pits, and guys are still coming in as you are in the front of the pack, it is hard to get out of your stall. So, just really excited.”

Coming off a rough eighth place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch will start second on Sunday in the AAA 400. It will be his 14th top-10 start of the season, 11th in 20 races at the speedway.

“I’m pretty confident with it,” Busch said. “I think we had a good car here in the spring — we just kind of lost the handle on it a little bit there early in the race. But, the way the track rubbered in throughout the first run and then especially the second run of the race — we just weren’t ready for what happened. So, I think we’ve got a better understanding this time around and qualifying obviously went well for us here being in second and it’s a good starting spot for us. It keeps us upfront and hopefully we can keep that track position and have a good handling car through the runs of the race and be there at the end.”

Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin will start in the row just behind him in the third position. The effort is Hamlin’s 12th top-10 start of the 2014 season. He has nine top-10 starts at the speedway.

“Just a little bit off — you miss your points by a little bit here at Dover and it magnifies itself,” Hamlin said. “Proud of the whole FedEx Freight team. They brought me a fast car and that’s half the battle is getting a good starting position, getting yourself a good pit box for Sunday. This place, as much as it used to be my nemesis in the past, over the last two to three years we’ve really run strong here. I’m confident coming here that we should have a good car and similar to last week should have a shot for the win. We’ve just got to make sure no problems and if we can do that then I’m pretty confident we can race our way into this thing.”

Second practice will begin on Fox Sports 1 at 11 a.m. EST on Saturday morning, followed by final practice that’ll be live on Fox Sports 2 at 2 p.m. EST. Coverage for the AAA 400 will begin at 2 p.m. EST on ESPN.

AAA 400 Starting Lineup:
1.) #4 Kevin Harvick
2.) #18 Kyle Busch
3.) #11 Denny Hamlin
4.) #2 Brad Keselowski
5.) #1 Jamie McMurray
6.) #24 Jeff Gordon
7.) #42 Kyle Larson
8.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
9.) #15 Clint Bowyer
10.) #3 Austin Dillon
11.) #55 Brian Vickers
12.) #5 Kasey Kahne
13.) #10 Danica Patrick
14.) #20 Matt Kenseth
15.) #14 Tony Stewart
16.) #22 Joey Logano
17.) #9 Marcos Ambrose
18.) #99 Carl Edwards
19.) #27 Paul Menard
20.) #31 Ryan Newman
21.) #43 Aric Almirola
22.) #41 Kurt Busch
23.) #51 Justin Allgaier
24.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
25.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
26.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
27.) #16 Greg Biffle
28.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
29.) #26 Cole Whitt
30.) #13 Casey Mears
31.) #38 David Gilliland
32.) #98 Josh Wise
33.) #36 Reed Sorenson
34.) #23 Alex Bowman
35.) #7 Michael Annett
36.) #40 Landon Cassill
37.) #34 David Ragan
38.) #33 David Stremme
39.) #32 JJ Yeley
40.) #37 Mike Bliss
41.) #66 Mike Wallace
42.) #83 Travis Kvapil
43.) #44 Timmy Hill

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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