(NEW YORK) — Kevin Harvick took home his first pole since September 2006 on Friday at Kansas Motor Speedway.
Harvick was followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Jimmie Johnson.
“When you win that few poles, you remember everything that happened those days,” Harvick said. “It definitely helps to have the first pit stall, I can’t say it isn’t important,” Harvick said. “It’s never been really something that we’ve put a lot of effort into to figure out what we needed to do. It’s been that way for a long time.”
Harvick has won five poles in his career and went onto win two of those races.
“Since Day 1 of this year, everybody has kind of written us off,” said Harvick, who sits 39 points behind leader Matt Kenseth. “We’ve done our thing and put ourselves into position to just go out and race and enjoy it.”
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Jill Martin, CNN
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