NASCAR starting lineup at Richmond: Kevin Harvick wins pole, Denny Hamlin second

Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick (Getty Images)

After a disappointing wreck in Las Vegas, Kevin Harvick will start first in the second race of NASCAR’s playoffs after he won the pole at Richmond Raceway on Friday.

Harvick had some solid runs to start the day, but he saved the best for last as he held off Denny Hamlin for the top spot at the Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

This is Harvick’s 24th career pole.

“We didn’t really fall off,” Harvick said. “I think that’s part of the game here. I think we made some good adjustments on making the car better, and for me, just getting more confidence in how fast I could let the car roll and stay in the throttle up off the corner.”

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Daniel Suarez started the day great, winning both of the first two rounds by a good margin, but he fell off to start fifth Saturday. Suarez was the only non-playoff driver in the top five. 

Behind Harvick and Hamlin, the other 14 playoff drivers qualified as follows: Martin Truex Jr. third, Ryan Blaney fourth, Kurt Busch sixth, Brad Keselowski eighth, Erik Jones ninth, Kyle Busch 12th, Joey Logano 13th, Alex Bowman 14th, Chase Elliott 19th and Jimmie Johnson 22nd. Clint Bowyer 24th and Austin Dillon 28th.

Johnson, Elliott, Jones and Hamlin occupy positions 13 through 16 in the standings, with the playoff field set to be cut to 12 drivers after the Sept. 30 event at the Charlotte road course.

Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.

NASCAR at Richmond: Starting lineup for Federated Auto Parts 400

Position, (car no.), driver, manufacturer, speed
1. (4)  Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 121.880 mph.
2. (11)  Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 121.847 mph.
3. (78)  Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 121.529 mph.
4. (12)  Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, 121.397 mph.
5. (19)  Daniel Suárez, Toyota, 121.381 mph.
6. (41)  Kurt Busch (P), Ford, 121.256 mph.
7. (10)  Aric Almirola (P), Ford, 120.968 mph.
8. (2)  Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 120.849 mph.
9. (20)  Erik Jones (P), Toyota, 120.849 mph.
10. (42)  Kyle Larson (P), Chevrolet, 120.822 mph.
11. (51)  Cole Custer(i), Ford, 120.751 mph.
12. (18)  Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 120.590 mph.
13. (22)  Joey Logano (P), Ford, 121.447 mph.
14. (88)  Alex Bowman (P), Chevrolet, 121.425 mph.
15. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 121.397 mph.
16. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 121.152 mph.
17. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 121.093 mph.
18. (6)  Matt Kenseth, Ford, 120.979 mph.
19. (9)  Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 120.903 mph.
20. (24)  William Byron #, Chevrolet, 120.784 mph.
21. (21)  Paul Menard, Ford, 120.676 mph.
22. (48)  Jimmie Johnson (P), Chevrolet, 120.332 mph.
23. (37)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 120.326 mph.
24. (34)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 119.058 mph.
25. (14)  Clint Bowyer (P), Ford, 121.049 mph.
26. (43)  Bubba Wallace #, Chevrolet, 120.946 mph.
27. (38)  David Ragan, Ford, 120.935 mph.
28. (3)  Austin Dillon (P), Chevrolet, 120.816 mph.
29. (32)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 120.778 mph.
30. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 120.681 mph.
31. (13)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 120.498 mph.
32. (15)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 120.450 mph.
33. (95)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 120.278 mph.
34. (72)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 119.585 mph.
35. (96)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota, 119.464 mph.
36. (52)  Gray Gaulding, Ford, 117.739 mph.
37. (23)  Alon Day, Toyota, 117.627 mph.
38. (00)  Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, 117.596 mph.
39. (99)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 117.055 mph.
40. (66)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 116.989 mph.

(P) Playoff driver.
# Rookie.
(i) Ineligible for series points.