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Kevin Harvick Wins 3rd Pole for Southern 500

Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway. His lap speed of 177.730 mph gave Harvick his fourth pole for 2017 and 21st of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

“I thought I gave some up the second round,” Harvick said. “I knew if I could not get it in the corner in the wrong spot, I could hang in there.”

The complex nature of the Lady in Black has had no effect on Harvick, who won the pole for the third time in the last four years and has four straight Darlington top-five finishes.

“This has been a great track for us, a lot of fun coming here,” he said. “I love racing here. I’m really proud of of everyone. We keep getting better and better.”

Lining up second, Martin Truex Jr. earned his 14th top-three start of 2017.

“It seems like we’ve been second a lot this year,” Truex said, grabbing his seventh second-place start this year. “But it’s been a good number for us.”

Kyle Busch has also been a quick qualifier this year, leading the series with six poles and grabbing third place for Sunday. The Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray completed the top five.

Brad Keselowski was sixth with Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones the top 10.

Hendrick Motorsports as a while struggled in the session, with Jimmie Johnson starting 18th while the remaining three drivers Chase Elliott 20th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 22nd and Kasey Kahne 23rd, respectively.

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Growing up in Easton, Pa., Zach Catanzareti has grown his auto racing interest from fandom to professional. Joining Frontstretch in 2015, Zach enjoys nothing more than being at the track, having covered his first half-season of 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. With experience behind the wheel, behind the camera and in the media center, he thrives on being an all-around reporter.

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F1 Sunday morning from Monza.
Indy cars Sunday afternoon from Watkins Glen.
Brian’s product from Darlington Sunday night.

Two worth watching out of three ain’t bad.


Despite the lack of drama at the front of the f1 field, the action in the mid pack certainly has been interesting. Good to see Williams bounce back today from a disastrous Spa weekend.
Also appears that Gene Haas wants F1 to be a spec car series like Nascar. His interview bemoaning the fact that the top 3 teams were unassailable was quite revealing I thought. Despite the new American owners I think its not likely that they will make it a decal series.


Rain during F1 qualifying always seems to change the usual lineup and make the start of the race a lot more interesting and scary with the faster cars back in the field.


true, but wet qualifying and a dry race probably added a factor to this one. If I recall correctly the teams qualify with basically a race setup, only a limited amount of things they ca change. So if its raining in qualy but you expect a dry race, some compromises have to be made.
Then of course there is the little issue of Mercedes breaking the gentleman’s agreement on engine oil burn as well.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the conversation around nascar was about similar stuff as opposed to driver intro songs, and different wraps on the cars for the new one race sponsor?


The TV sports listings for Sunday under Auto Racing DON”T LIST Brian’s product. But they do have the F1 and Indy car races. It’s not the first time either. Another clue to be ignored by whatshisname.

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