KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The last time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced at Kansas Speedway, Kevin Harvick won the pole, led the most laps and won.
He repeated one of those accomplishments on Friday.
Harvick won the pole for Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway, his second pole in the last four Sprint Cup races. It’s also his second pole in a row at Kansas, where he won from the top spot last October.
“The weekend’s gone good (so far) and we had a really good test here a couple weeks ago,” Harvick said. “We just need to put it together (Saturday) night.”
Harvick jumped to first on the leaderboard in the waning moments of the third knockout qualifying session by edging out Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.
It’s the eighth pole of Harvick’s career, and the sixth top-10 starting position in the last seven races for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. His 27.799-second lap out-paced Logano by one twentieth of a second.
Carl Edwards and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.
Kurt Busch qualifyied sixth, followed by Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and Greg Biffle.
Points leader Jeff Gordon just missed the final knockout session and will start 13th Saturday.
Several of the sport’s biggest names, who are near the top of series standings, struggled in qualifying.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. rolls off 22nd Saturday, with Kyle Busch (24th), Matt Kenseth (28th) and Denny Hamlin (30th) also starting toward the rear.
Busch won the pole for Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas, but he had nothing for Harvick in Sprint Cup qualifying.
Harvick has won from the pole four times in his career, including the last three times he’s started up front.