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Kevin Harvick sets NASCAR record at Michigan pole qualifying

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Kevin Harvick, driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, ran the fastest qualifying lap ever at a NASCAR non-restrictor plate track during time trials Friday at Michigan International Speedway. He will start on the pole for the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday.

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Harvick turned a lap of 35.198 seconds at 204.557 mph around the 2-mile oval to set a new track record. His pole speed broke the previous Sprint Cup track qualifying record of 35.303 seconds at 203.949 mph set by Joey Logano on Aug. 16, 2013.

“I think that is just a credit on our Budweiser and Stewart-Haas race team for putting fast race cars on the track,” said Harvick, who has two wins this season. “When you put it together with the Hendrick Motorsports engine package it creates a lot of speed and it makes coming to these place a lot of fun. We’re really excited to start on the pole and get that first pit box and hopefully we can put the whole day together on Sunday.”

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, qualified eighth with a time of 35.636 seconds at 202.043 mph. “Good effort by the Haas Automation team today,” said Busch, who won at Michigan in June 2003 and August 2007.

SHR drivers Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick will start in the 26th and 27th spots Sunday.