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Michigan NASCAR: Kevin Harvick dominates qualifying with record lap

Kevin Harvick takes Michigan NASCAR Sprint Cup pole 2014

Kevin Harvick set a blistering record pace as he dominated NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver Harvick was quickest in all three segments, breaking the series' track record in the opening moments and never looking under threat.

He finally secured pole with a lap of 35.198 seconds and 204.557mph.

SHR's supplier Hendrick filled the top three as its own cars took second and third with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Aric Almirola was the top Ford representative for Richard Petty Motorsports in fourth.

Toyota only got one car into the pole shootout, Brian Vickers taking 10th for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Brad Keselowski had been Harvick's nearest rival in the first two sections of qualifying, but fell to sixth when it counted.

Juan Pablo Montoya qualified 28th on his NASCAR return with Penske. He had only been a tenth off team-mate Joey Logano in the first part of qualifying, but they were on opposite sides of the segment two cut-off, and Logano was able to go on to qualify ninth.

Ryan Newman's weekend got off to an unusual start when Earnhardt forgot that he was giving the Richard Childress driver a lift to Michigan on his private plane, leaving Newman temporarily stranded.

Newman eventually made it to the track and jumped out of the first part of qualiying with a last-gasp lap, though 24th ultimately proved to be his limit.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                 Time     Gap
 1.  Kevin Harvick       Stewart-Haas Chevrolet   35.198s
 2.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet       35.333s  +0.135s
 3.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet       35.341s  +0.143s
 4.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford               35.433s  +0.235s
 5.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet      35.461s  +0.263s
 6.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford              35.484s  +0.286s
 7.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet       35.573s  +0.375s
 8.  Kurt Busch          Stewart-Haas Chevrolet   35.636s  +0.438s
 9.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford              35.638s  +0.440s
10.  Brian Vickers       Waltrip Toyota           35.762s  +0.564s
11.  Jamie McMurray      Ganassi Chevrolet        35.912s  +0.714s
12.  Kyle Larson         Ganassi Chevrolet
13.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet       35.843s  Q2
14.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota         35.849s  Q2
15.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota           35.851s  Q2
16.  Martin Truex Jr     Furniture Row Chevrolet  35.853s  Q2
17.  Justin Allgaier     Hscott Chevrolet         35.869s  Q2
18.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford        35.907s  Q2
19.  Austin Dillon       Childress Chevrolet      35.918s  Q2
20.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford               35.977s  Q2
21.  Matt Kenseth        Roush Fenway Ford        36.006s  Q2
22.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford        36.084s  Q2
23.  Trevor Bayne        Wood Brothers Ford       36.087s  Q2
24.  Ryan Newman         Childress Chevrolet      36.151s  Q2
25.  AJ Allmendinger     JTG Daugherty Chevrolet  35.850s  Q1
26.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet   35.918s  Q1
27.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet   35.919s  Q1
28.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske Ford              35.961s  Q1
29.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota         36.012s  Q1
30.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford        36.045s  Q1
31.  Casey Mears         Germain Chevrolet        36.069s  Q1
32.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford           36.255s  Q1
33.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford           36.259s  Q1
34.  Brett Moffitt       Robinson Toyota          36.300s  Q1
35.  JJ Yeley            Xxxtreme Chevrolet       36.382s  Q1
36.  David Streme        Circle Sport Chevrolet   36.425s  Q1
37.  Michael Annett      Baldwin Chevrolet        36.476s  Q1
38.  Josh Wise           Parsons Chevrolet        36.554s  Q1
39.  Landon Cassill      Hillman Chevrolet        36.629s  Q1
40.  Reed Sorenson       Baldwin Chevrolet        36.685s  Q1
41.  Alex Bowman         BK Toyota                36.841s  Q1
42.  Cole Whitt          BK Toyota                36.899s  Q1
43.  Travis Kvapil       Go FAS Ford              36.930s  Q1

Did not qualify:

     Ryan Truex          BK Toyota                36.561s  Q1
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