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Harvick qualifies on pole for Cup race at Kansas

  • FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2013, file phot, Kevin Harvick greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. There came a time when Kevin Harvick realized he alone was making it hard to be successful on the race track. Maybe it hit him around the same time he learned he was going to be a father. Regardless of the timing, life is a little more pleasant these days for Harvick. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2013, file phot, Kevin Harvick greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. There came a time when Kevin Harvick realized he alone was making it hard to be successful on the race track. Maybe it hit him around the same time he learned he was going to be a father. Regardless of the timing, life is a little more pleasant these days for Harvick. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

  • FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2013, file phot, Kevin Harvick greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. There came a time when Kevin Harvick realized he alone was making it hard to be successful on the race track. Maybe it hit him around the same time he learned he was going to be a father. Regardless of the timing, life is a little more pleasant these days for Harvick. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2013, file phot, Kevin Harvick greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. There came a time when Kevin Harvick realized he alone was making it hard to be successful on the race track. Maybe it hit him around the same time he learned he was going to be a father. Regardless of the timing, life is a little more pleasant these days for Harvick. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

  • FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2013, file phot, Kevin Harvick greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. There came a time when Kevin Harvick realized he alone was making it hard to be successful on the race track. Maybe it hit him around the same time he learned he was going to be a father. Regardless of the timing, life is a little more pleasant these days for Harvick. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
  • FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2013, file phot, Kevin Harvick greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. There came a time when Kevin Harvick realized he alone was making it hard to be successful on the race track. Maybe it hit him around the same time he learned he was going to be a father. Regardless of the timing, life is a little more pleasant these days for Harvick. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Kevin Harvick turned the fastest lap in qualifying for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, and will sit on the pole for the first time since the 2006 season.

Harvick, who is tied for fourth in points, negotiated brutal crosswinds entering Turn 3 that ruined several good qualifying runs to post a lap of 187.526 mph yesterday. RickyStenhouse Jr. was second-fastest at 187.480 mph, followed by Jimmie Johnson with a lap of 187.162 mph.

Harvick was fastest in practice earlier in the day, and his first pole since Sept. 17, 2006, gives him the first pit stall for tomorrow’s race. That could prove especially important at a place where track position is of the utmost importance.

Points leader Matt Kenseth qualified seventh.

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