TMS Media Relations | Apr 04, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 4, 2014) – Kevin Harvick captured his second career Nationwide Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday as NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying format made its debut at the Fort Worth-based motorsports facility for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
Harvick (No. 5 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet) ran a top lap of 184.963 miles per hour (29.195 seconds) in the third and final qualifying session that determined the final 12 starting positions of the 40-car field. Harvick edged Matt Kenseth (No. 20 GameStop/Lego The Hobbit Toyota) by 0.079 of a second to grab the pole position for tonight’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 (7:30 p.m. CT / ESPN2).
The pole was the first of the season for Harvick and his 25th in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. It also was his second at Texas, his other coming in this event in 2008.
Starting behind the front row of Harvick and Kenseth is Regan Smith (No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet) at 184.332 mph and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Ragu Chevrolet) at 184.294 mph, respectively.
On the local front, both Plano’s James Buescher (No. 99 Rheem Toyota) and Allen’s David Starr (No. 44 Whataburger Toyota) advanced to the final 12 of qualifying, with Buescher earning the 11th starting position and Starr 12th. Prosper’s Chris Buescher (No. 60 Roush Performance Parts Ford) will start 39th and qualified off owner’s points.