Kevin Harvick Wins the Pole for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kevin Harvick powered to the pole for tomorrow’s Monster Ener4gyNASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick claimed his sixth pole of the year with a top speed of 189.707 mph around the 1.5-mile track.  Harvick has won the last two fall races at the track, and now runs from the pole.

“The best part is (the car) drove really well in race trim yesterday and still had a lot of speed,” Harvick told NBC Sports. “Put that in qualifying trim today and still made speed. Hopefully we can keep our track position. I think as you saw the last race, you want to be up front. You want to be on the right cycle of rotation of pit strategy and having that first pit stall is definitely an advantage here.”

The top five is completed by Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin (playoffs), Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman.  John Hunter Nemechek qualified 29th for his Cup Series debut. He and father Joe Nemechek will be the first father-son pairing to compete in a Cup race since the Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton Jr. in October 2005 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In addition to Harvick’s pole and Hamlin’s third place, other playoff drivers had a rough day of qualifying.  Joey Logano ended up in 11th place, Kyle Larson in 13th, Chase Elliott in 14th, Ryan Blaney in 15th, and Martin Truex in 19th.

“I was definitely surprised. I didn’t think that we’d be that fast,” Jones said. “Also didn’t think we would be the best of our JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) cars. It was really good.”

The AAA Texas 500 will get underway on Sunday afternoon.

Time Trial Results,15th Annual AAA Texas 500: Texas Motor Speedway

Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, -Fastest, -Next
1) Kevin Harvick (P), No. 4 Busch Beer/Ducks Unlimited Ford, 28.465 sec, 189.707 mph, 0.000, 0.000
2) Erik Jones, No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota, 28.588, 188.890, 0.123, 0.123
3) Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 28.615, 188.712, 0.150, 0.027
4) Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, 28.657, 188.436, 0.192, 0.042
5) Alex Bowman, No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet, 28.669, 188.357, 0.204, 0.012
6) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 28.675, 188.317, 0.210, 0.006
7) Daniel Suarez, No. 41 Walmart Family Mobile Ford, 28.723, 188.003, 0.258, 0.048
8) Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Wurth Ford, 28.727, 187.976, 0.262, 0.004
9) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 28.734, 187.931, 0.269, 0.007
10) Matt DiBenedetto, No. 95 Procore Toyota, 28.740, 187.891, 0.275, 0.006
11) Joey Logano (P), No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford, 28.755, 187.793, 0.290, 0.015
12) Kyle Busch (P), No. 18 M&M's Toyota, 28.764, 187.735, 0.299, 0.009
13) Kyle Larson (P), No. 42 McDonald's Chevrolet, 28.782, 187.617, 0.317, 0.018
14) Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 28.817, 187.389, 0.352, 0.035
15) Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 Wabash National Ford, 28.841, 187.233, 0.376, 0.024
16) Daniel Hemric #, No. 8 Cat Dozers Chevrolet, 28.846, 187.201, 0.381, 0.005
17) Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 28.863, 187.091, 0.398, 0.017
18) William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, 28.901, 186.845, 0.436, 0.038
19) Ty Dillon, No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet, 28.901, 186.845, 0.436, 0.000
20) Chris Buescher, No. 37 Slim Jim Chevrolet, 28.914, 186.761, 0.449, 0.013
21) Austin Dillon, No. 3 RigUp Chevrolet, 28.915, 186.754, 0.450, 0.001
22) Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Covert Auto Group Chevrolet, 28.931, 186.651, 0.466, 0.016
23) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 28.936, 186.619, 0.471, 0.005
24) Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford, 28.938, 186.606, 0.473, 0.002
25) Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Performance Ford, 28.951, 186.522, 0.486, 0.013
26) David Ragan, No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford, 28.983, 186.316, 0.518, 0.032
27) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 29.004, 186.181, 0.539, 0.021
28) Ryan Preece #, No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet, 29.018, 186.091, 0.553, 0.014
29) John Hunter , No. 36 Speedy Cash Ford, 29.097, 185.586, 0.632, 0.079
30) *Parker Kligerman(i), No. 96 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota, 29.123, 185.420, 0.658, 0.026
31) Paul Menard, No. 21 Menards/Jack Links Ford, 29.135, 185.344, 0.670, 0.012
32) Landon Cassill(i), No. 00 Pop-A-Lock Chevrolet, 29.194, 184.970, 0.729, 0.059
33) Corey LaJoie, No. 32 Schluter Systems Ford, 29.311, 184.231, 0.846, 0.117
34) *JJ Yeley(i), No. 53 Factor One Source Pharmacy Ford, 29.534, 182.840, 1.069, 0.223
35) *Ross Chastain(i), No. 27 Low T Center Chevrolet, 29.633, 182.229, 1.168, 0.099
36) Garrett Smithley(i), No. 52 Victory Lane/Kendall Oil Ford, 29.830, 181.026, 1.365, 0.197
37) Quin Houff, No. 77 Chevrolet, 29.831, 181.020, 1.366, 0.001
38) Joe Nemechek(i), No. 15 Xchange of America Chevrolet, 30.025, 179.850, 1.560, 0.194
39) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 51 Jacob Companies Chevrolet, 30.278, 178.347, 1.813, 0.253
40) *Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 TEX TALK Toyota, 30.647, 176.200, 2.182, 0.369
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs qualified

Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch on 11/05/17, 26.877 sec, 200.915 mph

Starting Lineup: 15th Annual AAA Texas 500: Texas Motor Speedway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) Kevin Harvick (P), No. 4 Busch Beer/Ducks Unlimited Ford, 28.465 sec, 189.707 mph
2) Erik Jones, No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota, 28.588, 188.890
3) Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 28.615, 188.712
4) Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, 28.657, 188.436
5) Alex Bowman, No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet, 28.669, 188.357
6) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 28.675, 188.317
7) Daniel Suarez, No. 41 Walmart Family Mobile Ford, 28.723, 188.003
8) Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Wurth Ford, 28.727, 187.976
9) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 28.734, 187.931
10) Matt DiBenedetto, No. 95 Procore Toyota, 28.740, 187.891
11) Joey Logano (P), No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford, 28.755, 187.793
12) Kyle Busch (P), No. 18 M&M's Toyota, 28.764, 187.735
13) Kyle Larson (P), No. 42 McDonald's Chevrolet, 28.782, 187.617
14) Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 28.817, 187.389
15) Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 Wabash National Ford, 28.841, 187.233
16) Daniel Hemric #, No. 8 Cat Dozers Chevrolet, 28.846, 187.201
17) Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 28.863, 187.091
18) William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, 28.901, 186.845
19) Ty Dillon, No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet, 28.901, 186.845
20) Chris Buescher, No. 37 Slim Jim Chevrolet, 28.914, 186.761
21) Austin Dillon, No. 3 RigUp Chevrolet, 28.915, 186.754
22) Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Covert Auto Group Chevrolet, 28.931, 186.651
23) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 28.936, 186.619
24) Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford, 28.938, 186.606
25) Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Performance Ford, 28.951, 186.522
26) David Ragan, No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford, 28.983, 186.316
27) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 29.004, 186.181
28) Ryan Preece #, No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet, 29.018, 186.091
29) John Hunter Nemechek(i), No. 36 Speedy Cash Ford, 29.097, 185.586
30) Parker Kligerman(i), No. 96 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota, 29.123, 185.420
31) Paul Menard, No. 21 Menards/Jack Links Ford, 29.135, 185.344
32) Landon Cassill(i), No. 00 Pop-A-Lock Chevrolet, 29.194, 184.970
33) Corey LaJoie, No. 32 Schluter Systems Ford, 29.311, 184.231
34) JJ Yeley(i), No. 53 Factor One Source Pharmacy Ford, 29.534, 182.840
35) Ross Chastain(i), No. 27 Low T Center Chevrolet, 29.633, 182.229
36) Garrett Smithley(i), No. 52 Victory Lane/Kendall Oil Ford, 29.830, 181.026
37) Quin Houff, No. 77 Chevrolet, 29.831, 181.020
38) Joe Nemechek(i), No. 15 Xchange of America Chevrolet, 30.025, 179.850
39) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 51 Jacob Companies Chevrolet, 30.278, 178.347
40) Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 TEX TALK Toyota, 30.647, 176.200
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs qualified

Track Race Record: Greg Biffle on 04/14/12, race time: 03:07:12, race speed: 160.577 mp

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

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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