Elliott Nips Harvick for Phoenix Pole

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Chase Elliott was able to outrun Phoenix master Kevin Harvick after Harvick tested the top and Elliott followed him.  Elliott won the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Speedway.  Harvick will start beside Elliott when they come to the green flag.

Harvick   it work-running a qualifying lap in 26.110 seconds (137.878 mph using the traction compound) that was placed on the track by NASCAR.  Elliott followed with a pole-winning effort of 26.065 seconds (138.116 mph).

“Kevin kind of made the top work, and I think after everyone saw that, they moved up,” said Elliott, who earned his first Busch Pole Award of the season, his first at Phoenix and the ninth of his career. “It’s great to get a pole. We’ve got different colors this week with UniFirst on our Camaro. I’m excited to grab them a pole.”

Denny Hamlin (137.841 mph) and Kyle Larson (137.604 mph) will start third and fourth, respectively, in the conclusion to the three-race West Coast Swing.

Phoenix,has perhaps done more to cement Harvick’s reputation as “The Closer” than any other track. Harvick will start Sunday’s race trying to extend a streak of 13 straight top 10s at the one-mile track in the Sonoran Desert, a string that includes six victories. All told, Harvick has won nine times at Phoenix.

“It was close,” said Harvick, who did not make a mock run in either of Friday’s practice sessions. “I probably didn’t have quite enough confidence on the first lap that I should have had in it. The guys did a great job.

“Not doing a qualifying lap in practice, we just worked on our race stuff, and we were kind of winging it right there as to what we thought was right"

Starting Line Up: 16th Annual FanShield 500, Phoenix Raceway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) Chase Elliott, No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet, 26.065 sec, 138.116 mph
2) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Jimmy John's Freaky Fast Rewards Ford, 26.110, 137.878
3) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 26.117, 137.841
4) Kyle Larson, No. 42 McDonald's Chevrolet, 26.162, 137.604
5) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Tarkett Ford, 26.190, 137.457
6) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 26.190, 137.457
7) Kurt Busch, No. 1 GEARWRENCH Chevrolet, 26.197, 137.420
8) Alex Bowman, No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet, 26.216, 137.321
9) Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 26.222, 137.289
10) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota, 26.230, 137.247
11) Erik Jones, No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 26.257, 137.106
12) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 26.278, 136.997
13) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 26.287, 136.950
14) Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Alliance Parts Ford, 26.289, 136.939
15) Christopher Bell #, No. 95 Procore Toyota, 26.295, 136.908
16) Cole Custer #, No. 41 Haas Automation Ford, 26.339, 136.679
17) William Byron, No. 24 Hertz Chevrolet, 26.364, 136.550
18) Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Mobil 1/Haas CNC Ford, 26.388, 136.426
19) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet, 26.448, 136.116
20) Ryan Preece, No. 37 Velveeta Chevrolet, 26.449, 136.111
21) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 26.481, 135.947
22) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 26.502, 135.839
23) Chris Buescher, No. 17 SunnyD Ford, 26.512, 135.788
24) Ross Chastain(i), No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford, 26.527, 135.711
25) Ty Dillon, No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet, 26.528, 135.706
26) John Hunter Nemechek #, No. 38 MDS Transport Ford, 26.541, 135.639
27) Bubba Wallace, No. 43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet, 26.635, 135.161
28) Corey LaJoie, No. 32 Motor Trend Ford, 26.668, 134.993
29) Tyler Reddick #, No. 8 I Am Second Chevrolet, 26.693, 134.867
30) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet, 26.772, 134.469
31) Daniel Suarez, No. 96 CommScope Toyota, 26.873, 133.963
32) Brennan Poole #, No. 15 Goettl Chevrolet, 26.909, 133.784
33) JJ Yeley(i), No. 52 Jacob Construction Ford, 27.169, 132.504
34) Quin Houff #, No. 00 Mount-N-Lock/Ashurst Honey Chevrolet, 27.211, 132.299
35) Reed Sorenson, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet, 27.395, 131.411
36) Garrett Smithley, No. 51 Jacob Construction Chevrolet, 27.464, 131.081
37) Joey Gase(i), No. 53  Chevrolet, 27.533, 130.752
38) Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 PIT BOSS GRILLS Toyota, 27.584, 130.510
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookiend it worked out OK.”

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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