After a controversial New Hampshire graduation, there will be a bit more heat between two of NASCAR's hottest pilots, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.
The first row starters were tied together
Harvick had turned a lap of 177.750 mph on Saturday to briefly The poles win, and Busch was a few ticks behind him in Pocono, but they are at the rear of the field.
Joe Gibbs racing driver Daniel Suarez is the pole winner for Pocono. He is the first Mexican to win a pole in the Cup Series.
But over 400 miles on a 2 1/2 miles triangular trail, Harvick and Busch have plenty of time to move forward.
"I messed up a lot here," Harvick said.
He was able to pin this bug in his team.
Harvick, the 2014 cup champion, has 43 career victories but still needs to win a Pocono or Kentucky Speedway cup race. Harvick is 0 for 8 in Kentucky and 0 for 35 in Pocono. He approaches the 2½ mile triangle track – Harvick has two places and two quarters in his last four races.
"My boys have a hard time coming to Kentucky and Pocono every year just because they know" For the past two years, these have been the tracks that are still on the list, "Harvick said," you know That it would be nice to have completed this race. "
Busch leaned forward and nailed Harvick that he had to win in Charlotte on the new road course to complete the series run, with Busch winning the schedule on all active cup routes, but some Critics believe the milestone will not count until it wins on the new layout.
"That's fair," Harvick said.
Harvick had been a favorite with the coveted checkered flag in the Ford # 4 for Stewart Haas Racing, he leads the series with six wins and wins a win in New Hampshire last week.
He made a habit of winning victories: Harvick won three times in the season and won two races in a row in May.
Harvick used a front zip with a textbook bump-and-run on bush to win in the decreasing rounds last week in New Hampshire.
Kyle Busch won the Trucks Series race on Saturday then hit 177,434 in qualifying and joined Harvick in the front row. Busch has five victories this season in the # 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and has formed the Big Three of NASCAR with Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. The trio won 15 of 20 cup races.
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"You have to (the nickname) at this time," said Harvick. "There are lots of people in the stands who want to see him and I race with him, Martin is in there as well, I'd rather be in the Big Three than not, I'd rather win races and talk because I was on the other side and it's less fun. "
Suarez, who was inconclusive in 56 career races, never started better in his two-year Cup than Third-Party Career. Suarez laughed when he said he read the race data on the 4 and 18 to find out how they were faster than him when he found out he was pole winner. He is fifth in the table with four top 10 finishes and would probably need a win for the playoffs.
"We know we can run well and take the lead," Suarez said. "The results were not there, but that's a good thing for us."
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Busch and Harvick were impressed that Johnson started every race since 2002 – while their streaks were interrupted by suspension.
"I missed a race, I had to cook hot dogs and watch from the parking lot," Harvick said.
"I had one of them," Busch laughed.
But in Pocono, there was not much fun where Johnson joined Busch and Harvick among the stinking 13 cars that failed the inspection and started at the end of the field in the order of owner points.
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GANDER OUTDOORS 400 LINEUP
After qualifying and Saturday's inspection from the 2.5 mile Pocono Speedway (car number in brackets ):
1. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 176,988 km / h
2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 176, 429.
3. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 176, 391.
4. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 176,298
5. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 176,115
6. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 176, 084.
7. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford, 175 363.
8. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 175,247.
. 9 (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 174,764
10. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 174,622
11. (6) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 174,236
12. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 173,110
13. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 173,000
14. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 172.685
15. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 172,500
16. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 172,278
17. (17) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Ford, 172, 022
18. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 171, 373
19. (96) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota, 168,814
20. (23) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 168,783
21. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 168,710
22. (15) Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, 168,045
23. (99) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 167, 389.
24. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 166,741
25. (7) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 165.819
26. (51) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 165, 789.
27. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 164, 678
28. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 0,000
29. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 0,000
30. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 0,000
31. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 0, 000
32. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 0.000
33. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 0.000
34. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 0,000
35. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 0.000
36. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, 0.000
37. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 0.000
38. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 0,000
39. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 0.000
40. (95) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 0.000.