Kevin Harvick Captures Richmond Pole

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Kevin Harvick (7-1) had the fastest speed in qualifying at 124.29 miles per hour, giving him the pole position.

Busch, of course, drives for one of the two teams that have dominated the first quarter of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season - Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing.

"We did a great job today, I didn't think it was a flawless lap from my standpoint, but I was able to get in the throttle on the exit of the corner and put down a decent lap", Harvick said.

Jones' failed inspection moves Kurt Busch up to the front row to start alongside Harvick in the second position. Larson was fastest in the lone practice session Friday and was second to his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Busch, in the opening round of qualifying.

NASCAR set each round of qualifying at just 5 minutes, leading some drivers to worry that there would be too many cars on the 0.75-mile track at once. When qualifying was finished, though, that proved not to have been much of an issue, several drivers said.

Cindric said he had some raindrops on his windshield after he took the lead and "I turned into the most religious person you'll ever know praying for it to downpour". These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday - or, in this case, Saturday - when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either FOX or FS1 for the first half of the 2019 season with differing start times. "I think you actually kind of lose a little bit of the drama of a vehicle going back out and can that auto knock the auto that is on the bubble out".

Kyle Busch has grabbed the lead from Kevin Harvick during the the NASCAR Cup race at Richmond.

Then, he was desperately hoping for the rain to stay away. It's his 20th career victory and 17th in the past four seasons.

Four of the provisional top-10 qualifiers failed inspection - Jones, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson.

Hamlin leads all active Cup Series drivers in laps led (1,659) at Richmond.

NHRA: In Baytown, Texas, John Force topped Funny Car qualifying in the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals and daughter Brittany Force led the Top Fuel field at Houston Raceway.

Brittany Force had a track-record pass of 3.661 at 332.18.

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