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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 Cup Series point standings after Kurt Busch’s Daytona 500 win

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Kurt Busch has a 12-point lead over Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR Cup Series standings after his win in the Daytona 500.

Busch has 56 points and becomes eligible for the playoffs.

Filling out the top five are Blaney, Joey Logano (-13), Kevin Harvick (-14) and AJ Allmendinger (-17).

Harvick has 42 points after winning the second stage of the race.

Kyle Busch is 29th with 11 points after winning the first stage and finishing 29th after a crash.

Click here for the full points report.

Another big wreck knocks out Keselowski, Suarez, others at Daytona

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The hits just keep on coming in Sunday’s 59th Daytona 500.

With drivers such as Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth and others already out due to earlier crashes, another big multi-car wreck occurred on Lap 142 of the scheduled 200-lap race.

With Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon battling for the lead, a multitude of drivers wrecked behind, including Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Michael McDowell, Daniel Suarez, Landon Cassill and Michael Waltrip.

“We made three wrecks but didn’t miss a fourth one,” Keselowski said. “We did everything right we could control, but we couldn’t control that. These races, you have to have speed, have to execute and have luck. Sometimes you can get away without having any luck, but you can’t have bad luck — and we had bad luck today.”

From a Fox Sports replay, it appeared McMurray was trying to bump draft Elliott, who was moved to his left, triggering all the others to become involved.

The race is under yellow conditions.

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NASCAR America: Drivers offer marriage advice to one of their own

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Former champion Brad Keselowski got engaged in December and his fellow drivers were asked by NASCAR America what type of advice they would have for him.

“He can be happy or right. It’s up to you,” Team Penske teammate Joey Logano said, laughing.

Said Ty Dillon: “Just enjoy the day that you get married. I think that was the best time of my life, the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Said Michael McDowell: “The best advice for him, it’s like anything that you do, any relationship, it requires everything you have. Enjoy it but it’s not easy. It’s something that you’ve got to fight for.”

Clint Bowyer also added his advice and noted how Keselowski got engaged. Check out what he says. Keselowski is one among the Cup drivers who got engaged in the offseason. Chris Buescher also got engaged.

The video will be shown on NASCAR America, which makes its return at 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 13 on NBCSN.

 

 

Helmet Heaven: 2017 helmet designs for Cup Series drivers

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With a new NASCAR season approaching, teams are slowly beginning to unveil everything from paint schemes to fire suits and sponsor deals.

However, last week at the NASCAR Media Tour, most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had their 2017 helmets on display.

Here’s a rundown of most of the helmets that will be worn this season, plus one helmet from the Xfinity Series.

We lead off with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who once again has a skeleton-themed design on his helmet. Here’s a look at Earnhardt’s helmets from the last decade.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Aric Almirola

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Austin Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Chase Elliott poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Clint Bowyer

 

 

 

 

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Danica Patrick's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Daniel Suarez

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

David Ragan

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Ragan poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Erik Jones

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jamie McMurray

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Joey Logano

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kasey Kahne

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch

 

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kyle Larson

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Michael McDowell

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Michael McDowell poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Paul Menard

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Paul Menard poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ryan Newman

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Trevor Bayne

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ty Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Spencer Gallagher

Gallagher, who drives full-time in the Xfinity Series for GMS Racing, showed off this Las Vegas-themed helmet last week.

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