Kevin Harvick will start from the pole position Thursday night at Kansas Speedway, the first time he will lead the NASCAR Cup starting lineup to the green flag this season.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s previous best starting position in 2020 was second in qualifying for the March 8 race at Phoenix Raceway.
Since NASCAR’s return during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (with the majority of fields set by a random draw), the No. 4 Ford’s best starting spot had been a third at Kentucky Speedway. Harvick had started outside the top five in seven of the past 10 Cup races, but his luck changed when NASCAR randomly set the lineup Wednesday for Kansas.
STARTING LINEUP: Where everyone will start in the Cup race at Kansas
Harvick has three Cup victories at Kansas, most recently in the May 12, 2018 race at the 1.5-mile speedway.
Joey Logano‘s No. 22 will start second beside Harvick, making it an all-Ford front row for the second consecutive race. Fords also will comprise the second row with Aric Almirola starting third and Ryan Blaney fourth.
Martin Truex Jr.‘s No. 19 Toyota will start fifth beside the No. 88 Chevrolet of Alex Bowman in sixth.
Here are the next three rows in order:
Brad Keselowski (seventh), Kyle Busch (eighth), Kurt Busch (ninth), Denny Hamlin (10th), Chase Elliott (11th) and Matt DiBenedetto (12th).
Matt Kenseth (14th), William Byron (15th), Austin Dillon (16th), Bubba Wallace (17th), Clint Bowyer (19th), Jimmie Johnson (20th), Erik Jones (21st), Tyler Reddick (23rd).
The field was ordered Wednesday afternoon through a random draw of the following groups:
- Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
- Positions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
- Positions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
- Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners points
Click here for the Kansas Cup starting lineup for Thursday’s race.
NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas
Race Time: 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday
Track: Kansas Speedway; Kansas City, Kansas (1.5-mile speedway)
Length: 267 laps (400.5 miles)
Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 80. Stage 2 ends Lap 160
TV coverage: NBCSN
Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)
Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Kansas (167 laps, 250.5 miles) 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Next Truck race: Friday at Kansas (134 laps, 201 miles) 7 p.m. ET on FS1