Author: Bob Pockrass
Date: October 3, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kevin Harvick winning a pole is nothing new in 2014.
But considering what he’s done in recent visits to Kansas Speedway, his pole-winning run Friday is a sign he’s the prohibitive favorite Sunday for the Hollywood Casino 400.
Harvick won the pole for the third consecutive race on the 1.5-mile oval, where he led 138 laps en route to the victory a year ago and 119 laps on his way to a second-place finish in May.
“At this point, you just go grind it out and you just never know what the day is going to deal you,” Harvick said. “You know starting up front is better than starting in the middle of the pack.
“I’m confident we can win anywhere, and I feel good about the things we did here last time. This is the same car, the same stuff underneath it and it’s still running good. So I like it.”
Harvick took the pole with a lap of 197.621 mph, smoking the field as Brian Vickers will join him on the front row after a final-round qualifying lap of “just” 196.307.
The winner of two races this year and one of the 12 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers, Harvick in fact set the track record in the second qualifying round.
Harvick is among seven Chase drivers starting in the top 10 Sunday.
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