RICHMOND, VA – The field better take notice for what Kevin Harvick did on Friday. Arguably, the best car on long run speeds will start on the pole in his No. 4 Ford. That’s saying something.
Harvick, turned a lap of 121.880 mph in the third and final round of qualifying to earn his 24th Busch Pole Award tying him with Alan Kulwicki for 31st on the all-time list. It was also his third pole of the season and second of his career at the Richmond Raceway.
For Harvick to lead the field to green in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and be fifth and fourth respectively on the 10 lap average charts in the two practice sessions, then watch out.
He will be joined on the front row by Denny Hamlin. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has six straight top six finishes in Richmond and earned his ninth straight top 10 starting spot in his No. 11 Toyota. Hamlin, turned a lap of 121.847 mph.
Martin Truex Jr. (121.529 mph), Ryan Blaney (121.397 mph) and Daniel Suarez (121.381 mph) rounded out the top five.
Other playoff drivers up front are Kurt Busch (7th), Aric Almirola (8th), Brad Keselowski (9th), Erik Jones (10th), Kyle Larson (11th) and Kyle Busch (12th).
Federated Auto Parts 400 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin
Row 2: Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney
Row 3: Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch
Row 4: Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski
Row 5: Erik Jones, Kyle Larson
Row 6: Cole Custer, Kyle Busch
Row 7: Joey Logano, Alex Bowman
Row 8: Jamie McMurray, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 9: Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth
Row 10: Chase Elliott, William Byron R
Row 11: Paul Menard, Jimmie Johnson
Row 12: Chris Buescher, Michael McDowell
Row 13: Clint Bowyer, Darrell Wallace Jr. R
Row 14: David Ragan, Austin Dillon
Row 15: Matt DiBenedetto, AJ Allmendinger
Row 16: Ty Dillon, Ross Chastain
Row 17: Regan Smith, Corey LaJoie
Row 18: Jeffrey Earnhardt, Gray Gaulding
Row 19: Alon Day, Joey Gase
Row 20: Landon Cassill, Timmy Hill