Kevin Harvick had the fastest lap in Thur.’s qualifying and will lead the field to green on 05/28/2017 in the Coca Cola 600.
Harvick’s fast lap of 193.424 mph was good enough to give him his 2nd in a row pole start at Charlotte.
Harvick said, “Our cars have been fast, we’ve qualified well. We’ve had a lot of speed. We just haven’t put together the weekend, The car unloaded fast and was very edgy to drive. It was a hairy lap. The cars in qualifying were a lot looser than they were in practice. It was a handful through one and two and I about lost it the 1st run. The guys did a exceptional job of making adjustments. The hardest part about this run was probably keeping all the parts and pieces together, This was the one time a year we run 600 miles. Mentally, it’s a hard run starting in the day. It’ll be hot. The cars will be different than what they were in practice. There’s a lot of things going on that you have to take in.”
Kyle Busch lines up 2nd in Sun.’s Coca-Cola 600, his best starting position this season.Busch said, “Track position means a lot here so it’s certainly better to start up front than to start farther back, Good pit selection for us. Gives us the opportunity to kind of choose where we want and be in a exceptional spot for the daytime on Sunday”
Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Erik Jones also mate the top five fastest qualifiers.
Elliott said, “From the 1st round to the end I thought we made it better, It’s a long race. Third was a plenty exceptional enough starting spot. This was an area we need to improve on in qualifying. I’m really happy we did that and get a great pit stall selection, which was helpful for 600 miles worth of racing.”
Kenseth said, “Qualifying was very important, restarts, pit stops, strategy and all that stuff was important, Especially with all those stage points on the line throughout the race. We had some pretty exceptional speed in our Camry today. I’m glad we had a decent lap.”