NASCAR starting lineup at Texas: Kevin Harvick on pole as contenders miss qualifying

Kevin Harvick won his second pole of the season Friday, but the bigger story from the session involved nine drivers who didn't make a lap.

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.

Joey Logano

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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):

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  12. Trevor Bayne
  13. Michael McDowell
  14. Ty Dillon
  15. Landon Cassill
  16. AJ Allmendinger
  17. Denny Hamlin
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Danica Patrick
  20. Daniel Suarez
  21. David Ragan
  22. Paul Menard
  23. Corey LaJoie
  24. Jimmie Johnson
  25. Austin Dillon
  26. Matt DiBenedetto
  27. JJ Yeley
  28. Cole Whitt
  29. Gray Gaulding
  30. Reed Sorenson
  31. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  32. Kyle Larson
  33. Chase Elliott
  34. Kyle Busch
  35. Kasey Kahne
  36. Erik Jones
  37. Dale EarnhardtJr.
  38. Chris Buescher
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Derrike Cope

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