Author: Staff Reporter
Date: March 1, 2019
Wheeling a fast lap of 180.517 mph in the final minutes of Friday’s qualifying session, Kevin Harvick notched his first Busch Pole Award of the 2019 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick won this race last year in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.
Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin will roll off the grid second on Sunday, while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch nabbed the third starting position. A pair of Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets — practice leader Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric — completed the top five, respectively.
All 12 drivers waited until around the 1:30 mark of the final, five-minute session to begin rolling off pit road. Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott attempted to make a second lap to better their spots, but their laps — which ranked fastest in the field — were disqualified as they did not reach the line before time expired. Bowman was deemed to have missed the line by about 0.5 second, while Elliott missed it by slightly over one second.
Austin Dillon paced Round 1, while Harvick lead Round 2.
The Monster Energy Series returns to the track on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET for practice (FS1).
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