Kevin Harvick earned his first victory of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season last weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He backed that up with a series leading fourth Busch Pole Award of the year though on Saturday at the Pocono Raceway.
Harvick, circled the Tricky Triangle with a speed of 174.058 mph in his No. 4 Ford for his 29th career Cup Series pole tying Ricky Rudd for 26th all-time. He’s also just the third Ford driver (Ryan Blaney – 2018, Brad Keselowski -2016) to win the pole at Pocono since 2013.
It is also Harvick’s first career pole on the 2.5-mile track.
Harvick, was 13th in both practice sessions earlier, so to have the pace on short run speed in qualifying was a bit surprising.
Joining Harvick on the front row is Joey Logano. The current Cup Series points leader turned in a lap of 173.377 mph in his No. 22 Ford. Logano, has two top 10 finishes in his last three Pocono starts, but both were in the June race. He also has four finishes of 23rd or worse in his last six Pocono starts overall.
Another Stewart-Haas Racing driver in Aric Almirola (173.164 mph) will roll off third in his No. 10 Ford to give the blue ovals a clean sweep of the top three starting spots for Sunday’s Gander RV 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Erik Jones (173.110 mph) and Austin Dillon (172.659 mph) rounded out the top five.
Four of the top six starters haven’t won a race yet this season.
Gander RV 400 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano
Row 2: Aric Almirola, Erik Jones
Row 3: Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson
row 4: Kyle Busch, William Byron
Row 5: Kurt Busch, Daniel Suarez
Row 6: Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin
Row 7: Matt DiBenedetto, Brad Keselowski
Row 8: Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer
Row 9: Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 10: David Ragan, Ryan Blaney
Row 11: Paul Menard, Daniel Hemric R
Row 12: Chase Elliott*, Ryan Newman
Row 13: Ryan Preece R, Darrell Wallace Jr.*
Row 14: Matt Tifft R, Chris Buescher
Row 15: Kyle Larson*, Corey LaJoie
Row 16: Landon Cassill, Ty Dillon
Row 17: Josh Bilicki, BJ McLeod
Row 18: Ross Chastain, Reed Sorenson
Row 19: Quin Houff, Austin Theriault