Kevin Harvick captured his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season and his third at Darlington Raceway when he traveled around the 1.366-mile oval in 177.730 mph in the last of three qualifying rounds Saturday.
Harvick, whose only win in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 came in 2014, will lead the field to the green flag Sunday at 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.
Martin Truex Jr., the defending race winner, will start second in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota after zooming around the track in 177.077 mph.
Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray will round out the top five.
Harvick now has started from the pole in three of the last four Southern 500s.
Southern 500 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr.
Row 2: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson
Row 3: Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski
Row 4: Kurt Busch, Joey Logano
Row 5: Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones R
Row 6: Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney
Row 7: Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 8: Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer
Row 9: Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson
Row 10: Daniel Suarez R, Chase Elliott
Row 11: Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Row 12: Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne
Row 13: Ty Dillon R, David Ragan
Row 14: Chris Buescher, Matt DiBenedetto
Row 15: AJ Allmendinger, Michael McDowell
Row 16: Landon Cassill, Reed Sorenson
Row 17: Danica Patrick, Cole Whitt
Row 18: Corey LaJoie R, Gray Gaulding R
Row 19: Jeffrey Earnhardt, Derrike Cope
Row 20: Cody Ware R, Carl Long