Austin Dillon tops Kevin Harvick for Chicagoland Cup pole

Austin Dillon wins his third pole of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season but would like a solid finish to go with it.

Austin Dillon tops Kevin Harvick for Chicagoland Cup pole

Dillon went out midway through Saturday’s qualifying session but his average lap speed of 176.263 mph was enough to hang on to the end and claim the pole for Sunday’s Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

It’s the third pole of the year for Dillon and sixth of his career.

His two previous poles this season – at Fontana and Talladega – resulted in 10th and 14th-place finishes, respectively.

“I had a good meeting between first and second practice (Saturday) and had a good idea what we wanted to make changes on, we were able to make them and the car was fast,” Dillon said. “I’m pretty proud of these guys.

“It’s our third pole this year, we just need to translate it to the race. We’ve had four really bad weeks of getting wrecked and having random stuff happening. We need a good run and this is a good way to start it.

“I know no pole-winner has won this race. I hope we can change that this weekend.”

Kevin Harvick ended up second (176.091 mph) and Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing teammate, Daniel Hemric, was third (175.959 mph), which could be another good sign for the organization.

“I feel good about it. I feel that we have a car that drives good,” Dillon said. “We’ve made some good adjustments and got all out of our car we could.”

Jimmie Johnson qualified fourth and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five.

Finishing the top 10 starters: Clint Bowyer, Michael McDowell, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney.

Bowman and Joey Logano (who qualified 19th) were fastest in Saturday’s two practice sessions.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Time Gap Mph
1 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 30.636   176.263
2 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 30.666 0.030 176.091
3 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 30.689 0.053 175.959
4 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 30.738 0.102 175.678
5 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 30.759 0.123 175.558
6 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 30.783 0.147 175.421
7 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 30.788 0.152 175.393
8 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 30.824 0.188 175.188
9 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 30.837 0.201 175.114
10 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 30.841 0.205 175.092
11 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 30.869 0.233 174.933
12 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 30.881 0.245 174.865
13 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 30.916 0.280 174.667
14 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 30.932 0.296 174.576
15 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 30.938 0.302 174.543
16 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 30.940 0.304 174.531
17 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 30.967 0.331 174.379
18 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 30.974 0.338 174.340
19 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 31.037 0.401 173.986
20 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 31.067 0.431 173.818
21 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 31.070 0.434 173.801
22 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 31.084 0.448 173.723
23 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 31.155 0.519 173.327
24 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 31.167 0.531 173.260
25 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 31.170 0.534 173.244
26 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 31.184 0.548 173.166
27 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 31.194 0.558 173.110
28 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 31.253 0.617 172.783
29 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 31.287 0.651 172.596
30 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 31.346 0.710 172.271
31 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 31.452 0.816 171.690
32 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 31.513 0.877 171.358
33 52 United States Bayley Currey  Chevrolet 31.641 1.005 170.665
34 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 31.702 1.066 170.336
35 51 United States B.J. McLeod  Ford 31.901 1.265 169.274
36 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 32.107 1.471 168.188
37 53 United States Josh Bilicki  Chevrolet 32.126 1.490 168.088
38 27 United States Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 32.185 1.549 167.780
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