Kevin Harvick Wins Pocono Cup Pole

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LONG POND, PA - RIS - Kevin Harvick had the fastest lap in the Monstedr Energy NASCAR Cup series on Saturdau, clocking a lap of 51.707 seconds at 174.058 mph around the 2.5-mile track in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. This is Harvick’s fourth Busch Pole Award of the season and his first at the “Tricky Triangle.” The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has never won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono.

Joey Logano was just 0.203 seconds slower than Harvick, completing a lap in 51.910 seconds (173.377 mph). Aric Almirola was third at 51.974 seconds (173.164 mph). Erik Jones (51.990 seconds, 173.110 mph) and Austin Dillon (52.126 seconds, 172.659 mph) rounded out the top five.

Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott were both in backup cars. Larson’s lap of 53.370 seconds (168.634 mph) was good for 29th. Elliott came in 23rd at 52.848 seconds (170.300 mph).

 Time Trial Results: 46th Annual Gander RV 400, Pocono Raceway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1)      Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Beer Gen X Ford, 51.707 sec, 174.058 mph
2)      Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 51.910, 173.377
3)      Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 51.974, 173.164
4)      Erik Jones, No. 20 Reser's Main St Bistro Toyota, 51.990, 173.110
5)      Austin Dillon, No. 3 Freightliner Chevrolet, 52.126, 172.659
6)      Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 52.148, 172.586
7)      Kyle Busch, No. 18 Skittles Toyota, 52.196, 172.427
8)      William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet, 52.213, 172.371
9)      Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, 52.321, 172.015
10)    Daniel Suarez, No. 41 Haas Automation Ford, 52.346, 171.933
11)    Martin Truex Jr, No. 19 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Toyota, 52.365, 171.871
12)    Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, 52.388, 171.795
13)    Matt DiBenedetto, No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota, 52.436, 171.638
14)    Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford, 52.482, 171.487
15)    Alex Bowman, No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet, 52.499, 171.432
16)    Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Toco Warranty/Haas Automation Ford, 52.545, 171.282
17)    Michael McDowell, No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford, 52.597, 171.112
18)    Ricky Stenhouse Jr, No. 17 Roush Performance Ford, 52.618, 171.044
19)    David Ragan, No. 38 MDS Transport Ford, 52.623, 171.028
20)    Ryan Blaney, No. 12 MoneyLion Ford, 52.638, 170.979
21)    Paul Menard, No. 21 Menards/Duracel Optimum Ford, 52.747, 170.626
22)    Daniel Hemric #, No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet, 52.800, 170.455
23)    Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, 52.848, 170.300
24)    Ryan Newman, No. 6 Performance Plus Ford, 53.002, 169.805
25)    Ryan Preece #, No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet, 53.048, 169.658
26)    Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, 53.221, 169.106
27)    Matt Tifft #, No. 36 Surface Sunscreen Ford, 53.255, 168.998
28)    Chris Buescher, No. 37 Kroger Fast Start Chevrolet, 53.301, 168.852
29)    Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, 53.370, 168.634
30)    Corey LaJoie, No. 32 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford, 53.417, 168.486
31)    Landon Cassill(i), No. 00 Mane N Tail Chevrolet, 53.861, 167.097
32)    Ty Dillon, No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet, 53.979, 166.732
33)    Josh Bilicki(i), No. 53 Token 4 Token Chevrolet, 54.800, 164.234
34)    BJ McLeod(i), No. 51 JACOB COMPANIES/Pocono Organics Ford, 54.809, 164.207
35)    Ross Chastain(i), No. 15  Chevrolet, 54.890, 163.964
36)    Reed Sorenson, No. 27 Lehigh Valley Phantoms Chevrolet, 55.423, 162.387
37)    Quin Houff, No. 77 Rapid City Rush Chevrolet, 55.539, 162.048
38)    Austin Theriault, No. 52 Trick Shot/Bangor Savings Bank Ford, 56.011, 160.683
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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