Harvick’s fastest lap of 198.405 mph was his 19th career pole in his 581st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.
Harvick said, "I just didn’t feel like I got through turns 1 and 2 like I needed to. The front took off and I didn’t want to do what everybody was doing in practice and get out of the groove and drive it in the wall. It’s been a stressful day." Harvick also said, "I gotta say thank you to the XFINITY guys for letting me run that car this weekend, I feel like the reps really allowed us to learn some things in that car that I was able to apply here.”
Ford drivers swept the top five in qualifying. Ryan Blaney will lineup on the outside of the front row with Clint Bowyer and in third Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.
Bowyer said, “That’s a good day for all of us at Stewart-Haas, I appreciate Ford giving us the horsepower. This is a horsepower track still. To come to this racetrack, you know it’s a repave, you know it’s gonna be slick. Aero is premium and we showed up with four fast hot rods."
Ten cars failed to turn a lap during round one of qualifying after not being able to pass inspection, including Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and others.
“I ain’t too worried about it,” Earnhardt said. “This race is pretty long. The pit selection bothers me a little bit because we can’t get a better pit stall. We’ll see how we end up on pit road.”
Teams will have two practices on Saturday at Texas to dial their cars in for Sunday’s 334-lap, 500 mile race.