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Kevin Harvick wins Atlanta pole, second at track in four seasons

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With his new Ford power, Kevin Harvick overtook Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch to claim the pole for Sunday’s Fold of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

A speed of 190.398 mph gave Harvick his 18th Cup pole and his second at Atlanta in four seasons. Harvick is looking for his first win at Atlanta since 2001, when he claimed his first Cup win in his third start.

“That was by far the best of the three laps and we saved it perfectly for the end,” Harvick told Fox Sports 1.

It’s the first pole for Stewart-Haas Racing since it moved to Ford from Chevrolet and comes after Kurt Busch won the Daytona 500.

“This is just a huge credit to everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing,” Harvick said. “For the last few weeks we’ve been in the simulator, we’ve been in the shop. These guys have been in and out of the wind tunnel, they’ve cut bodies off. It’s hard to explain how big of a transition this has been for the whole company.”

Newman, who will start second, missed out on his first pole since 2013 and the chance to pass Buddy Baker for the most poles at Atlanta. Both are tied with seven.

“I really wanted to beat my ‘ol buddy, Buddy Baker’s record there, I’ve been tied with him for a while so that was kind of rough,” Newman told FS1. “This is the litmus test for us for a lot of the rest of the season and it was a good start for sure.”

Filling out the top five is Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

Kurt Busch will start 13th in his first race since winning the Daytona 500.

David Ragan‘s No. 38 suffered significant right rear damage in round one after he got loose and made contact with the wall exiting Turn 2. He will start 34th.

Five drivers didn’t make a lap in the first round: Derrike Cope, Cody Ware, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Michael McDowell and Cole Whitt.

Click here for the full qualifying results.

NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 90: Roger Slack

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Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.

Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.

Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the AudioBoom embed below or download and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts by clicking here. The free subscription will provide automatic downloads of new episodes to your smartphone.

It also is available on Stitcher by clicking here and also can be found on Google Play, Spotify and a host of other smartphone apps.

NASCAR America: How Daniel Suarez found out he was replacing Carl Edwards (video)

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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.

Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.

When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.

Check out the video above.

 

 

NASCAR America: What Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other (video)

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Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,

One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.

Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.

NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez’s journey from Mexico and VW Beetles to NASCAR champion (video)

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In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.

It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.

Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.

Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.