Kevin Harvick set a track record to win the pole for tonight’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.
Harvick posted his record time of 194.658 mph Friday in the second round of NASCAR’s knockout qualifying format. Harvick then hit 194.252 in the third round to win his second pole of the season.
Joey Logano joins Harvick on the front row today for the first night race in Kansas history.
Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Kyle Larson round out the top five.
Harvick has two wins this season and won from the pole at Darlington.
Danica Patrick qualified ninth for her second straight start in the top 10.
Saavedra wins IRL pole
Sebastian Saavedra won the pole for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis when Ryan Hunter-Reay was stripped of his two fastest laps for bringing out the red flag during the final qualifying group.
Hunter-Reay had just moved to the top of the Fast Six in qualifying when he lost control of his car on a wet track while exiting Turn 14. The car slid for some time before backing into the wall.
The IndyCar rule is to strip a driver of his two fastest laps for bringing out a red flag during qualifying.
That dropped Hunter-Reay to third and Saavedra won the first pole of his career. The Colombian turned a lap at 1 minute, 23.8822 seconds. He’ll start on the front row today next to rookie Jack Hawksworth.
Kyle Busch dominates truck race
Kyle Busch dominated the caution-filled Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway for his second victory in three starts this year.
Busch was in control for much of the 250-mile race Friday night, when it wasn’t slowed by repeated cautions. There were nine cautions on the 1.5-mile track, including one on the first lap that set the tone for a sluggish night.
Matt Crafton was second, followed by Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Tayler Malsam.