Kevin Harvick won his second pole of the season Friday at Texas MotorSpeedway, but the biggerstory from the session involved nine drivers who did not even turn a qualifying lap.
Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, Erik Jones, Timmy Hill and Derrike Cope will start at the rear of the field in Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 (1:30 p.m. ET, Fox)after their cars failed to pass tech prior to the end of the first round of qualifyingat the 1.5-mile track.
Kyle Busch's team worked relentlessly to repair right-rear damage on his primary car after a wreck in Friday's morning practice, but the logjam to get through tech prevented him from recording a qualifying lap. The No. 18 team could have elected to switchto a backup car but stuck with the primary car because of its impressive speed.
Busch's wreck occurred in Turn 2 ofTexas Motor Speedway's re-profiled track. In addition torepaving the entire track including pit lane, the track reduced banking by four degrees andexpanded the racing surface 20 feet in Turns 1 and 2.Turns 3 and 4 of the track remain 60 feet wide at 24 degrees of banking.
Ryan Blaney, who owned the fastestspeed in Friday's opening practice, will join Harvickon the front row as he seeks his first career Cup Series win.
Here is the starting lineup for theO’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (334 laps):
Martin Truex Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.