Kevin Harvick edges Jeff Gordon for Sprint Cup pole at Bristol

UntitledHarvickKevin Harvick, with a new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) qualifying track record speed of 131.362mph at Bristol Motor Speedway, captured the pole for Saturday night’s IRWIN Tools Night Race.

Harvick, who broke the previous qualifying track record speed of 129.991mph – that was set by Denny Hamlin this past March, received his fifth series pole of the 2014 season, his eleventh series career pole and his first series pole at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Last week’s winner and current series points leader, Jeff Gordon, will start on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed of 131.290mph. and he will be followed by Carl Edwards (131.209mph) starting third, Kyle Busch (131.057) fourth and Joey Logano (131.030) starts fifth.

Jimmie Johnson put down the identical lap speed (131.030mph) as Logano, and will start from sixth, while Kurt Busch (130.940) starts seventh, Greg Biffle (130.869) eighth, Brad Keselowski (130.504) ninth and Marcos Ambrose (130.460) will start tenth.

With only 43 drivers attempting to fill the 43-car field, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.

The 54th annual IRWIN Tools Night Race is scheduled to get underway around 7:50 p.m. (ET) Saturday night, and ESPN on ABC will provide television coverage of the event, beginning with their 7:00 p.m. (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

Irwin Tools Night Race Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Gap
1 4 Kevin Harvick 131.362 14.607 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon 131.290 14.615 -0.008
3 99 Carl Edwards 131.209 14.624 -0.009
4 18 Kyle Busch 131.057 14.641 -0.017
5 22 Joey Logano 131.030 14.644 -0.003
6 48 Jimmie Johnson 131.030 14.644 0.000
7 41 Kurt Busch 130.940 14.654 -0.010
8 16 Greg Biffle 130.869 14.662 -0.008
9 2 Brad Keselowski 130.504 14.703 -0.041
10 9 Marcos Ambrose 130.460 14.708 -0.005
11 31 Ryan Newman 130.168 14.741 -0.033
12 5 Kasey Kahne 130.009 14.759 -0.018
Eliminated From Round 1
13 11 Denny Hamlin 129.982 14.762 -0.003
14 15 Clint Bowyer 129.894 14.772 -0.010
15 55 Brian Vickers 129.877 14.774 -0.002
16 20 Matt Kenseth 129.684 14.796 -0.022
17 27 Paul Menard 129.684 14.796 0.000
18 1 Jamie McMurray 129.649 14.800 -0.004
19 51 Justin Allgaier # 129.561 14.810 -0.010
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 129.230 14.848 -0.038
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 129.169 14.855 -0.007
22 47 AJ Allmendinger 129.160 14.856 -0.001
23 78 Martin Truex Jr. 128.848 14.892 -0.036
24 10 Danica Patrick 128.753 14.903 -0.011
25 14 Jeff Burton 125.477 14.935 -0.032
26 3 Austin Dillon # 128.262 14.960 -0.025
27 23 Alex Bowman # 127.988 14.992 -0.032
28 95 Michael McDowell 127.971 14.994 -0.002
29 34 David Ragan 127.886 15.004 -0.010
30 98 Josh Wise 127.512 15.048 -0.044
31 66 Brett Moffitt 127.470 15.053 -0.005
32 38 David Gilliland 127.453 15.055 -0.002
33 83 Ryan Truex # 127.436 15.057 -0.002
34 26 Cole Whitt # 127.360 15.066 -0.009
35 37 Dave Blaney 127.081 15.099 -0.033
36 36 Reed Sorenson 127.056 15.102 -0.003
37 32 J.J. Yeley (i) 126.370 15.184 -0.082
38 7 Michael Annett # 126.237 15.200 -0.016
39 40 Landon Cassill (i) 125.404 15.301 -0.101
40 42 Kyle Larson # 124.954 15.356 -0.055
41 33 David Stremme 123.746 15.506 -0.150
42 43 Aric Almirola 0.000 0.000 15.506
43 13 Casey Mears 0.000 0.000 0.000

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

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