KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick scored his third pole of the season and his Stewart-Haas Racing team swept the top four spots in qualifying for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick, the defending race winner, turned a lap of 179.217 mph Friday night in the return of single-car qualifying to Kansas. That was enough to edge Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez, who locked down the rest of the front two rows for the 400-mile race.
Chase Elliott rounded out the top five for Hendrick Motorsports.
Harvick has been on the pole five times at Kansas, including last season, and he has three wins and three runner-up finishes at the track. He’s been eight or better in eight of the past 11 races.