The good news for Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing: He won the pole for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap of 30.399 seconds, 177.637 mph.
The bad news: Harvick didn’t make the final four for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, so he can certainly make a statement Sunday, but he can’t win another championship.
“That’s awesome. I didn’t know if we had a chance at the pole with as fast as the No. 24 (Chase Elliott) had been,” Harvick said. “But I knew if we could just run the same speed every round, that is half the battle because you never know how much it is going to slow down for everybody else, and it doesn’t take much to make a mistake.”
The four championship drivers – Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch – will be starting within the top 15 for Sunday’s championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch will start the highest of the four in the ninth position and Edwards will join him in Row 5 in the 10th position. Logano (13th) and Jimmie Johnson (14th) will both start side-by-side in row seven.
The Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race will air on NBC and MRN Radio/Sirius XM, will start at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. The race is officially sold out in grandstand seating.