Harvick wins series high fifth pole with track record run

Kevin Harvick, son Keelen and wife Delana celebrate qualifying on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee (Getty Images).

Kevin Harvick, son Keelen and wife Delana celebrate qualifying on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee (Getty Images).

In a furious ten minute final session as rain threatened and lightning crashed nearby Kevin Harvick scored his series high fifth pole Friday night and will lead the field to the green flag for Saturday nights NASCAR Sprint Cup series Food City 500.

Harvick put down a new track record lap of 14.607 or 131.362 miles per hour with a shower of sparks at the 5:30 mark. Jeff Gordon who led for the first of two sessions and part of the final session will start second, Carl Edwards starts third, Kyle Busch fourth and Joey Logano will start fifth.

“It feels great,” Harvick said.”Track position is definitely as important as it is anywhere here with the current groove and where you are running.  I felt good about our car during practice and just have to stay in there all night and do the best we can.” MORE>>>

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