Kevin Havick stole the show with a new lap record in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick edged out the early benchmark set by Joey Logano with just over a minute left on the clock, and the ensuing chaos as rivals scrambled to get on track to better the Stewart-Haas man's time ruined a number of drivers' laps. Harvick's time of 27.799s would not be beaten for the remainder of the session.
Harvick took pole postion, most laps led and a win the last time he visited Kansas in the Cup series in the 2013 Chase race last October.
Brad Keselowski, who was criticised by some peers after causing a big crash while trying to un-lap himself at Talladega last week, followed Penske team-mate Logano in third.
Carl Edwards rounded out the top five, followed by Kyle Larson, who had topped the first practice session earlier in the day, and Kurt Busch who dominated Q1 and Q2 before fading in the all important five-minute Q3 shootout.
Points leader Jeff Gordon narrowly missed out on the final qualifying session in 13th place, just ahead of Hendrick team-mate Jimmie Johnson.
Two of the three previous polesitters for this event, AJ Allmendinger and Matt Kenseth, were knocked out in Q1 and line up 29th and 28th respectively.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 27.779s 2. Joey Logano Penske Ford 27.848s +0.049s 3. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 27.906s +0.107s 4. Carl Edwards Rousch Fenway Ford 27.952s +0.153s 5. Kyle Larson Ganassi Chevrolet 27.972s +0.173s 6. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 27.973s +0.174s 7. Ryan Newman Childress Chevrolet 28.006s +0.207s 8. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.045s +0.246s 9. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.059s +0.260s 10. Greg Biffle Rousch Fenway Ford 28.128s +0.329s 11. Jamie McMurray Ganassi Chevrolet 28.157s +0.358s 12. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 28.372s +0.573s 13. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 27.950s Q2 14. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 27.973s Q2 15. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 27.976s Q2 16. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 27.995s Q2 17. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 28.005s Q2 18. Justin Allgaier HScott Chevrolet 28.007s Q2 19. Austin Dillon Childress Chevrolet 28.024s Q2 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 28.032s Q2 21. Ryan Blaney Penske Ford 28.033s Q2 22. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 28.089s Q2 23. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 28.153s Q2 24. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.463s Q2 25. Marcose Ambrose Petty Ford 28.128s Q1 26. Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.160s Q1 27. Casey Mears Germain Chevrolet 28.172s Q1 28. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.197s Q1 29. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Chevrolet 28.258s Q1 30. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.265s Q1 31. Ryan Truex BK Toyota 28.322s Q1 32. Josh Wise Parsons Chevrolet 28.399s Q1 33. Alex Bowman BK Toyota 28.440s Q1 34. Micheal Annett Baldwin Chevrolet 28.520s Q1 35. JJ Yeley Xxxtreme Toyota 28.542s Q1 36. Cole Whitt BK Toyota 28.550s Q1 37. Reed Sorenson Baldwin Chevrolet 28.567s Q1 38. David Ragan Front Row Ford 28.580s Q1 39. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 28.649s Q1 40. Dave Blaney Humphrey Smith Toyota 28.656s Q1 41. Landon Cassil Hillman Chevrolet 28.744s Q1 42. Travis Kvapil Go FAS Ford 28.784s Q1 43. Timmy Hill Circle Chevrolet 28.848s Q1 44. Joe Nemechek Robinson Toyota 29.003s Q1
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