Harvick edges Hamlin for pole at Richmond

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 22, 2018

Harvick turned a lap at 121.880 miles per hour on Friday to edge hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, whose best lap came at 121.847 miles per hour in qualifying for the second race of NASCAR's 10-race playoffs.

"We didn't really fall off".

The pole is the third for Harvick this season and his 24th in 638 career starts. "I think that is part of the game here", he said. "I think we made some good adjustments on making the auto better, and for me just getting more confidence in how fast I could let the vehicle roll and stay in the throttle up off the corner".

Tonight marks the fifth win for NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Christopher Bell and his first win in seven races.

If you weren't one of them, you missed Earnhardt leading more laps than any driver and claiming his first stage win ever (yes, really).

"I am really pleased with our auto in race trim, and we were able to put together three rounds and squeak through in the second round and make good adjustments to the vehicle", he said.

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Points leader and defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. will start third on Saturday night, followed by Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski, the victor of the last three races in the series. Erik Jones and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.

Sadler, who has been in NASCAR since 1995, won 17 times across NASCAR's three series, with his last Xfinity Series victory coming at Kentucky in 2016.

Even before the Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

After finishing fourth, Dale Jr. told his NBC Sports co-workers that while he only wanted to run well and have fun, leading the race made him reshuffle his expectations.

Elliott, 22, earned his third playoff berth in as many seasons this year, and his first career Cup victory at Watkins Glen last month.

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