Kevin Harvick Continues Dominate Performance With Pole In Phoenix

Kevin Harvick Continues Dominate Performance With Pole In Phoenix

by March 14, 2015 0 comments

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By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

AVONDALE, Ariz. – For the first time in his career, Kevin Harvick will sit on the pole at Phoenix International Raceway after he clocked a lap of 25.577 seconds at 140.751 mph in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday afternoon.

Kevin Harvick has six wins at the raceway, and he swept both events last season. Friday’s pole run is Harvick’s second top-10 start this season. He started second at Atlanta Motor Speedway a few weeks ago. The pole is Harvick’s 15th of his career.

“Well everything can always be better, but I think everybody is doing a great job,” Harvick said. “And continuing to get better as we go from week to week and never sitting on what you did last week. And always communicating about just the little things and what you think you can do better. I’m just lucky to be able to drive the car and fortunate to be able to be a part of this team and see what they do. I didn’t think the laps were very good from my part, but I was fortunate to ride a really fast car. And be able to make a couple of mistakes here and there and still do what we needed to do. It definitely seems like we can overcome things and make something happen here and there.”

With a runner-up qualifying effort on Friday, Joey Logano has started within the top-10 of every race so far this season. Logano has eight top-10 starts at Phoenix International Raceway. His best finish at the raceway is a third place that he captured back in 2010.

“I had a decent lap,” Logano said. “I had three decent laps to get us through to the last round. I messed up turn one a little the first lap. The second lap of the last run I was able to get a better arc and the car was a little on the tight side and I wasn’t able to beat the 4 car. Overall, that is three straight front-row starts so we are proud of that. Only one pole – that is the part we aren’t proud of. We need to find some more speed there. That is a good starting spot and this place isn’t easy to pass. A lot of strategy will come into play. We will have a good pit stall and that is a good thing. We will be able to race hard and try to win this thing.”

Jamie McMurray posted the third fastest lap in qualifying on Friday afternoon. The effort marks his ninth top-10 start at the speedway. In the four races this season, McMurray has started within the top-10 in three. McMurray’s best finish at Phoenix International Raceway was a third during the 2008 season.

“We were good from the time we unloaded and I thought we did a good job there,” McMurray said. “We just needed a little bit more. We’ve done really well on qualifying. We’ve made the final round in every session. And we’ve actually really raced really well. We’ve had a few unlucky instances. We were doing okay at Las Vegas, but I thought our race trim last year starting Friday practices were really good. This is a track position race. Certainly qualifying well gives you a good pit stall and you’ve just got to try to stay up front all day.”

Coverage for the 500 will air live on FOX and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. 500 Starting Lineup
1.) #4 Kevin Harvick
2.) #22 Joey Logano
3.) #1 Jamie McMurray
4.) #20 Matt Kenseth
5.) #31 Ryan Newman
6.) #2 Brad Keselowski
7.) #19 Carl Edwards
8.) #41 Kurt Busch
9.) #5 Kasey Kahne
10.) #24 Jeff Gordon
11.) #3 Austin Dillon
12.) #42 Kyle Larson
13.) #18 David Ragan
14.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
15.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
16.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
17.) #14 Tony Stewart
18.) #55 Brian Vickers
19.) #16 Greg Biffle
20.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
21.) #27 Paul Menard
22.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
23.) #10 Danica Patrick
24.) #13 Casey Mears
25.) #11 Denny Hamlin
26.) #7 Alex Bowman
27.) #9 Sam Hornish Jr.
28.) #51 Justin Allgaier
29.) #38 David Gilliland
30.) #15 Clint Bowyer
31.) #46 Michael Annett
32.) #43 Aric Almirola
33.) #40 Landon Cassill
34.) #98 Josh Wise
35.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto
36.) #6 Trevor Bayne
37.) #32 Mike Bliss
38.) #34 Brett Moffitt
39.) #35 Cole Whitt
40.) #23 JJ Yeley
41.) #26 Jeb Burton
42.) #62 Brendan Gaughan
43.) #33 Alex Kennedy

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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