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Kevin Harvick on Pole for Cup’s Return to Daytona

After clinching the regular season championship last weekend Kevin Harvick will lead the NASCAR Cup Series field to green at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night, Aug. 29.

Harvick won the Busch Pole Award thanks to a formula that combines finishing position from the last race, owner’s points and fastest lap from the previous race.

The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing driver will start next to Martin Truex Jr. on the front row. Team Penske’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski make up the second row and Aric Almirola rounds out the top five.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates and playoff battlers William Byron and Jimmie Johnson start sixth and seventh. Alex Bowman is eighth, Ryan Blaney begins ninth and Denny Hamlin completes the top 10 qualifiers.

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Joy Tomlinson

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised watching motorsports and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Starting Lineup: 4 19 22 2 10 24 48 88 12 11 18

Owner Points: 4 11 2 19 22 12 9 1018 1 14 88 21 24 48


I don’t care for the “new formula”. Whatever happened to qualifying? I don’t see any reason why qualifying shouldn’t be allowed in its former format.


wonder if mother nature will cooperate this coming weekend.

man in the past when they would qualify anyone had chance for pole. get some other team in the front of the field for sponsor exposure.

oh well we have a new normal now with everything.


For Daytona, it probably doesn’t matter. A car can go from 30th to first in a couple laps and can also go from first to the back of the draft.

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