Kevin Harvick boosted his NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase prospects by qualifying on pole for this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway.
Richard Childress Chevrolet driver Harvick moved to the top of the leaderboard two-thirds of the way through the session, with a time of 28.796s. There was little movement at the sharp end after that, although Joey Logano and Paul Menard did haul themselves inside the top 10 in fifth and eighth respectively.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led for Hendrick after the first batch of drivers set a time but a strong run from Roush Fenway’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr broke the 29s barrier for the first time in the session. He looked set for pole until Harvick’s late effort, those two ending the session as the only drivers to go sub-29s.
Chase leader Matt Kenseth will start the race seventh, while Jimmie Johnson second to Kenseth at the moment will be buoyed after qualifying second. Kyle Busch, third in the points, could only manage 18th.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 28.796s 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 28.803s +0.007s 3. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 28.852s +0.056s 4. Joey Logano Penske Ford 29.006s +0.210s 5. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 29.021s +0.225s 6. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 29.049s +0.253s 7. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 29.052s +0.256s 8. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 29.084s +0.288s 9. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 29.121s +0.325s10. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 29.123s +0.327s11. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 29.148s +0.352s12. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota 29.157s +0.361s13. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 29.167s +0.371s14. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 29.192s +0.396s15. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet 29.201s +0.405s16. Ryan Newman Code 3 Associates Chevrolet 29.248s +0.452s17. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 29.252s +0.456s18. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet 29.272s +0.476s19. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 29.287s +0.491s20. Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 29.331s +0.535s21. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 29.391s +0.595s22. Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 29.401s +0.605s23. Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 29.447s +0.651s24. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 29.497s +0.701s25. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 29.54 s +0.744s26. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Toyota 29.584s +0.788s27. David Reutimann BK Toyota 29.599s +0.803s28. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 29.664s +0.868s29. Cole Whitt Swan Toyota 29.667s +0.871s30. Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 29.675s +0.879s31. David Ragan Front Row Ford 29.677s +0.881s32. JJ Yeley Baldwin Chevrolet 29.678s +0.882s33. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 29.688s +0.892s34. Timmy Hill FAS Lane Ford 29.696s +0.900s35. Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 29.698s +0.902s36. Casey Mears GEICO Ford 29.729s +0.933s37. Josh Wise Front Row Ford 29.898s +1.102s38. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 29.921s +1.125s39. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 29.996s +1.200s40. Reed Sorenson Leavine Ford 30.001s +1.205s41. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 30.026s +1.230s42. Tony Raines Hillman Chevrolet 30.082s +1.286s43. Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 30.294s +1.498s