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Harvick earns pole at Darlington


Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

Harvick came out on top in the first knockout qualifying session at NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway since the circuit made the change from single-car laps. Joey Logano was second, followed by Aric Almirola.

Almirola finished first in the second of three rounds of qualifying and set a track record of 184.145 mph, shattering Kurt Busch’s mark of 181.918 set last May.

Marcos Ambrose was fourth, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch.

Elliott triumphs

Chase Elliott passed Elliott Sadler on the final lap to win his second straight Nationwide Series race, going from fifth to first on the final two laps.

Elliott, an 18-year-old high school senior and son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, broke through for his first series win last week at Texas.

Haas gets F1 team

NASCAR owner Gene Haas said he has been granted a license from Formula One’s governing body to start what he hopes will be a United States-based entry in the global series. Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone said this past Sunday at the Bahrain Gran Prix that the U.S.-backed team led by Haas would likely join the series next season.

Haas co-owns a NASCAR team with Tony Stewart.

Biffle extension near

Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing are getting closer to a contract extension and could have an announcement soon.