Harvick wins first career Pocono Cup pole [UPDATED]

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Harvick wins first career Pocono Cup pole [UPDATED]


Harvick wins first career Pocono Cup pole [UPDATED]


UPDATE: Both front-row cars of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have had their times disallowed and Daniel Suarez will now start from the pole. Harvick was fastest in the Saturday evening qualifying session, and Busch had clocked in second. However, Harvick’s car failed the body scan and Busch’s car failed the chassis station, resulting in NASCAR throwing out their times. Both drivers will now start at the rear of the field.

Kevin Harvick will chase his first win at Pocono from the first starting spot Sunday afternoon.

In his 36th Pocono start, Harvick grabbed his first career Pocono pole with a lap of 177.750 mph in the final round of qualifying. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was also fastest in the first round and third quickest in the second round.

The pole is Harvick’s third of the season and the 24th of his career.

“It was really just about putting all those corners together, I hadn’t been able to put all the corners together in the first two rounds,” Harvick said of his pole run. “I still didn’t get it all 100 percent right, but it was a lot closer than it was the first round.

“Just got to thank everyone from Mobil 1, Stewart-Haas Racing for doing the cars and everything they’ve done all year. Really the last five years. … Everybody who helps on this thing, it’s just a lot of fun to be able to drive these cars. These guys working on this car they’re just so good at what they do and worry about the details on a weekly basis and just don’t ever quit and keep pushing ahead. That’s what it takes. This is the regular season, but the regular season can make your postseason go a lot better if you get it right.”

Kyle Busch will join Harvick on the front row. Busch’s best lap was 177.434 mph.

Completing the top five were Daniel Suarez (176.981 mph), Kyle Larson (176.981 mph) and Joey Logano (176.578 mph).

Larson spun in the final minutes of final practice earlier in the day but did not have to go to a backup car. The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team fixed the minor front-end damage, and Larson will start in the top 10 at Pocono for just the third time in 10 career starts.

The rest of the starting top 10 are William Byron (176.495 mph), Denny Hamlin (176.429 mph), Erik Jones (176.391 mph), Brad Keselowski (176.298 mph) and Jamie McMurray (176.115 mph).

Byron’s sixth-place starting spot is a career-best qualifying effort for the Hendrick Motorsports rookie.

Notables deeper in the starting lineup: Martin Truex Jr. 14th; Jimmie Johnson 15th; Ryan Blaney 18th; Aric Almirola 19th; Clint Bowyer 21st; Matt Kenseth 23rd; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 30th.

Kyle Busch is the defending race winner. Martin Truex Jr. won here last month.

Because of the enhanced weekend schedule all qualifying results are unofficial until the field has gone through post-qualifying inspection.

UP NEXT: Gander Outdoors 400 at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday.