Kevin Harvick made the record books by breaking the track record twice during qualifying at the Michigan International Speedway on Friday. Obviously this means that he will start in pole position when the main race takes place on Sunday. The Quicken Loans 400 pole position will be his third of the season. The speed was so fast that it broke Bill Elliott’s record 212.809 mph that he set at Talladega Superspeedway back in 1987.
To start with Harvick broke the track record by beating the time that Joey Logano set in August which was 203.949. This took place in the first qualifying round which saw him reaching a speed of 203.955 and then in the third round he managed 204.557 mph which broke his own record.
He explained that he was just relaxing and trying not to over drive so he did not miss the entry in to the corners. He explained that his team has fast cars and so by driving carefully he is able to take advantage of that.
There is mounting pressure this week as there are still many drivers looking for their first win of the season. There is also pressure on those drivers that have not won at this racetrack before, such as Jimmie Johnson, who want to go for a first victory.
In the end there were three drivers form Hendrick Motorsports in the top seven with Jeff Gordon in the outside pole, Dale Earnhardt Jr in third and Jimmie Johnson in Seventh place. Earnhjardt has already won this course twice and is looking to improve on that. Montoya is taking place in a couple of races this season and managed to qualify in 28th position.
The top ten places were Harvick, Gordon, Earnhardt Jr, Aric Almirola, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Johnson, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Brian Vickers.