Friday, March 13, 2015

Kevin Harvick freaky fast again, grabs first Phoenix pole

Kevin Harvick goes for his 7th Phoenix win on Sunday
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick continues to be the hottest driver in the sport right now, and by a wide margin.

Under beautiful clear Arizona skies on Friday afternoon, Harvick won the pole for Sunday's 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

The pole was Harvick's 15th of his career and his first at the 1-mile oval, although he has crushed the competition here of late, winning four of the last five PIR Sprint Cup races, including a sweep in 2014.

In his last six races overall dating back to last season, Harvick has three race victories and three runner-up finishes in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. He has firmly established himself as the man to beat both this weekend and this year.

"I didn't actually know that we hadn't been on pole here, but to get that first pole with these guys and celebrate anything that we hadn't done or have done," is special, said Harvick, who had a pole lap of 140.751 miles per hour. "Every week is just a new adventure and it's pretty special to be a part of a group of guys like this."

Joey Logano was second fast at 140.543 mph in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford and will start on the outside of Row 1 on Sunday.

"We were just a little bit on the snug side," said Logano, who qualified on the front row for the third week in a row.

Still, Logano was frustrated afterwards. "I want to be first," Logano said. "Second's just the first loser."

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