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Kansas: Cup qualifying

Chase contender Kevin Harvick will start Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 Cup race from pole position - his first success in qualifying in over seven years.
Kevin Harvick won pole position in qualifying on Friday afternoon at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway with a lap of 28.796s (187.526mph) and will start Sunday's race from the front row alongside Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

This weekend's pole is Harvick's first qualifying success since New Hampshire in September 2006 and the first pole for Richard Childress Racing since Clint Bowyer was successful at the team in 2007, also at New Hampshire. It ends a 254-race drought for the 37-year-old, although Harvick also started on the pole at Daytona in July 2010 when the line-up was based on points, which he went on to win. It's Harvick's sixth pole in 460 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

"It's been forever!" admitted Harvick of how long it had been since he'd last clinched pole. "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," he added. "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."

Harvick had earlier topped the times in the sole practice session of the day, although teams had also been able to test on Thursday to get to know the characteristics of a new type of tyre that Goodyear are bringing in this week to improve racing at the variable-banking circuit.

"We made a couple really good runs in practice and a couple of a little sketchy runs in practice, but we knew the conditions would be cooler so we put the car back how we started practice and hoped that the race track came our way," said Harvick. "Just getting off into turn three has been a little bit sketchy for us. We had two laps where we made it through there in practice and in qualifying. Knew I had got through turn one and two pretty good and just wanted to get through turn three to turn four. Still didn't get through there very good, but I guess it was okay for now."

Roush Fenway Racing's rookie driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was just seven thousandths of a second off Harvick's pace, putting him onto the front row ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. The first all-Chase line-up is on the third row with Joey Logano alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr., just ahead of championship leader Matt Kenseth.

Other Chase contenders include Carl Edwards (ninth), Jeff Gordon (14th), Kasey Kahne (15th), Ryan Newman (17th), Kyle Busch (18th) and his brother Kurt (19th). Clint Bowyer will start from 22nd, leaving Greg Biffle as the lowest-starting Chase contender in 26th.

Qualifying times

1. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.796s (Pole) 187.526mph
2. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.803s (+ 0.007s) 187.480mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.852s (+ 0.056s) 187.162mph
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.996s (+ 0.200s) 186.233mph
5. #22 Joey Logano Ford 29.006s (+ 0.210s) 186.168mph
6. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.021s (+ 0.225s) 186.072mph
7. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 29.049s (+ 0.253s) 185.893mph
8. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.052s (+ 0.256s) 185.874mph
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.084s (+ 0.288s) 185.669mph
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.121s (+ 0.325s) 185.433mph
11. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.123s (+ 0.327s) 185.420mph
12. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 29.148s (+ 0.352s) 185.261mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.157s (+ 0.361s) 185.204mph
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.167s (+ 0.371s) 185.141mph
15. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.192s (+ 0.396s) 184.982mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.201s (+ 0.405s) 184.925mph
17. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.248s (+ 0.452s) 184.628mph
18. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.252s (+ 0.456s) 184.603mph
19. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.272s (+ 0.476s) 184.477mph
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.287s (+ 0.491s) 184.382mph
21. #51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 29.331s (+ 0.535s) 184.106mph
22. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.391s (+ 0.595s) 183.730mph
23. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.401s (+ 0.605s) 183.667mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.447s (+ 0.651s) 183.380mph
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.497s (+ 0.701s) 183.069mph
26. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.540s (+ 0.744s) 182.803mph
27. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.559s (+ 0.763s) 182.685mph
28. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 29.584s (+ 0.788s) 182.531mph
29. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.664s (+ 0.868s) 182.039mph
30. #30 Cole Whitt Toyota 29.667s (+ 0.871s) 182.020mph
31. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.675s (+ 0.879s) 181.971mph
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.677s (+ 0.881s) 181.959mph
33. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 29.678s (+ 0.882s) 181.953mph
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.688s (+ 0.892s) 181.892mph
35. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.696s (+ 0.900s) 181.843mph
36. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.698s (+ 0.902s) 181.830mph
37. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.729s (+ 0.933s) 181.641mph
38. #35 Josh Wise Ford 29.898s (+ 1.102s) 180.614mph
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.921s (+ 1.125s) 180.475mph
40. #95 Reed Sorenson Ford 30.001s (+ 1.205s) 179.994mph
41. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.026s (+ 1.230s) 179.844mph
42. #40 Tony Raines Chevrolet 30.082s (+ 1.286s) 179.509mph
43. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 30.294s (+ 1.498s) 178.253mph

Practice 1 times

1. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.154s (Leader) 185.223mph (11 laps)
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.161s (-0.007s) 185.179mph (14 laps)
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.168s (-0.014s) 185.134mph (12 laps)
4. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.173s (-0.019s) 185.103mph (23 laps)
5. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 29.235s (-0.081s) 184.710mph (14 laps)
6. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.237s (-0.083s) 184.697mph (14 laps)
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.242s (-0.088s) 184.666mph (13 laps)
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.273s (-0.119s) 184.470mph (13 laps)
9. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.281s (-0.127s) 184.420mph (16 laps)
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.287s (-0.133s) 184.382mph (13 laps)
11. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 29.290s (-0.136s) 184.363mph (17 laps)
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.327s (-0.173s) 184.131mph (13 laps)
13. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 29.343s (-0.189s) 184.030mph (11 laps)
14. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.349s (-0.195s) 183.993mph (11 laps)
15. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.366s (-0.212s) 183.886mph (15 laps)
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.369s (-0.215s) 183.867mph (15 laps)
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.383s (-0.229s) 183.780mph (21 laps)
18. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.386s (-0.232s) 183.761mph (25 laps)
19. #51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 29.387s (-0.233s) 183.755mph (13 laps)
20. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.435s (-0.281s) 183.455mph (17 laps)
21. #22 Joey Logano Ford 29.440s (-0.286s) 183.424mph (30 laps)
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.475s (-0.321s) 183.206mph (17 laps)
23. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.513s (-0.359s) 182.970mph (14 laps)
24. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.574s (-0.420s) 182.593mph (10 laps)
25. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.588s (-0.434s) 182.506mph (19 laps)
26. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.601s (-0.447s) 182.426mph (35 laps)
27. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.681s (-0.527s) 181.935mph (14 laps)
28. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.785s (-0.631s) 181.299mph (11 laps)
29. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 29.821s (-0.667s) 181.080mph (15 laps)
30. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.895s (-0.741s) 180.632mph (14 laps)
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.919s (-0.765s) 180.487mph (20 laps)
32. #30 Cole Whitt Toyota 29.931s (-0.777s) 180.415mph (22 laps)
33. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.933s (-0.779s) 180.403mph (22 laps)
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.953s (-0.799s) 180.282mph (8 laps)
35. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 29.990s (-0.836s) 180.060mph (11 laps)
36. #95 Reed Sorenson Ford 30.045s (-0.891s) 179.730mph (12 laps)
37. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30.069s (-0.915s) 179.587mph (12 laps)
38. #35 Josh Wise Ford 30.184s (-1.030s) 178.903mph (4 laps)
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.197s (-1.043s) 178.826mph (10 laps)
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 30.218s (-1.064s) 178.701mph (13 laps)
41. #40 Tony Raines Chevrolet 30.281s (-1.127s) 178.330mph (14 laps)
42. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 30.285s (-1.131s) 178.306mph (10 laps)
43. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.513s (-1.359s) 176.974mph (30 laps)

Thursday test times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.565s (Leader) 182.648mph (66 laps)
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.584s (-0.019s) 182.531mph (32 laps)
3. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.675s (-0.110s) 181.971mph (58 laps)
4. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.692s (-0.127s) 181.867mph (67 laps)
5. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.709s (-0.144s) 181.763mph (64 laps)
6. #22 Joey Logano Ford 29.748s (-0.183s) 181.525mph (85 laps)
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.761s (-0.196s) 181.446mph (69 laps)
8. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.807s (-0.242s) 181.165mph (70 laps)
9. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.822s (-0.257s) 181.074mph (36 laps)
10. #51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 29.836s (-0.271s) 180.989mph (56 laps)
11. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.870s (-0.305s) 180.783mph (65 laps)
12. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 29.871s (-0.306s) 180.777mph (54 laps)
13. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 29.882s (-0.317s) 180.711mph (34 laps)
14. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 29.894s (-0.329s) 180.638mph (66 laps)
15. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.931s (-0.366s) 180.415mph (44 laps)
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.962s (-0.397s) 180.228mph (71 laps)
17. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.964s (-0.399s) 180.216mph (31 laps)
18. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.969s (-0.404s) 180.186mph (46 laps)
19. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.977s (-0.412s) 180.138mph (32 laps)
20. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.985s (-0.420s) 180.090mph (30 laps)
21. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.992s (-0.427s) 180.048mph (54 laps)
22. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 30.053s (-0.488s) 179.683mph (48 laps)
23. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 30.080s (-0.515s) 179.521mph (28 laps)
24. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.115s (-0.550s) 179.313mph (50 laps)
25. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 30.169s (-0.604s) 178.992mph (29 laps)
26. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.196s (-0.631s) 178.832mph (56 laps)
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 30.215s (-0.650s) 178.719mph (38 laps)
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.296s (-0.731s) 178.241mph (22 laps)
29. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.305s (-0.740s) 178.188mph (36 laps)
30. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 30.332s (-0.767s) 178.030mph (42 laps)
31. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 30.391s (-0.826s) 177.684mph (25 laps)
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 30.456s (-0.891s) 177.305mph (21 laps)
33. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 30.459s (-0.894s) 177.288mph (28 laps)
34. #30 Cole Whitt Toyota 30.506s (-0.941s) 177.014mph (28 laps)
35. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.892s (-1.327s) 174.803mph (28 laps)
36. #95 Reed Sorenson Ford 31.325s (-1.760s) 172.386mph (12 laps)
37. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.496s (-1.931s) 171.450mph (19 laps)
38. #40 Tony Raines Chevrolet 31.566s (-2.001s) 171.070mph (6 laps)



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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 4, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 4, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, passes Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, to take the lead and win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife DeLana and son Keelan in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Ford, poses with his team before his last race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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