Harvick wins pole at Darlington

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DARLINGTON, SC (TheSpread) – Kevin Harvick qualified in the lead for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Friday night, putting him up front for Saturday’s race.

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According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Harvick is now the favorite to win with 5/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (6/1) while Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski each have 7/1 odds

Johnson is sixth in the point standings, 31 points out of first. He has two top 5s on the year. Johnson is a three-time winner at this track with an average finish of 8.8. His driver rating there is 107.5, which ranks fourth in the series. Johnson will start 26th.

Kyle Busch is fifth in the standings, 28 points out of first. He has one win and two top 5s this year. Busch has one win at Darlington with an average finish of 14.4 and a driver rating of 106.2 at the track, which ranks fifth in the series. Busch qualified eighth for Saturday’s race.

Keselowski is eighth in the point standings, 41 points out of first. He has one win and three top 5s this year. Keselowski has never won at Darlington, but he has a pair of top 10s and a third-place finish to his credit there. He will start fifth on Sunday.

Harvick hasn’t had much notable success at Darlington, but he comes into this race needing a strong showing. He is currently 26th in the standings despite having a win this year. He has two DNF’s in seven races in 2014.

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The Bojangles’ Southern 500 will take place Saturday, April 12 at 6:45PM ET from Darlington Raceway. For complete odds and track information on this year’s race, see below.

Odds to win the Bojangles’ Southern 500 – 2014 Bojangles’ Southern 500 – Darlington Raceway – Saturday, April 12

Kevin Harvick 5/1

Kyle Busch 6/1

Brad Keselowski 7/1

Jimmie Johnson 7/1

Jeff Gordon 8/1

Kasey Kahne 15/2

Joey Logano 8/1

Denny Hamlin 12/1

Matt Kenseth 15/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 20/1

Kyle Larson 25/1

Tony Stewart 25/1

Clint Bowyer 25/1

Kurt Busch 25/1

Carl Edwards 25/1

Ryan Newman 30/1

Brian Vickers 30/1

Greg Biffle 35/1

Martin Truex Jr 50/1

Jamie McMurray 60/1

Austin Dillon 100/1

Paul Menard 100/1

Danica Patrick 200/1

Justin Allgaier 200/1

Casey Mears 200/1

AJ Allmendinger 200/1

Ricky Stenhouse 200/1

Aric Almirola 200/1

Marcos Ambrose 200/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 100/1

Qualifying Results

1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 183.479 mph.

2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 183.049.

3. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 182.946.

4. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 182.485.

5. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 182.059.

6. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 182.019.

7. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 181.985.

8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 181.763.

9. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 181.756.

10. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 181.548.

11. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 181.481.

12. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 181.2.

13. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 182.181.

14. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 181.985.

15. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 181.689.

16. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 181.247.

17. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 181.194.

18. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 181.127.

19. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 180.947.

20. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 180.914.

21. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 180.901.

22. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 180.787.

23. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 180.185.

24. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 178.958.

25. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 182.059.

26. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.911.

27. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 181.548.

28. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 181.394.

29. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 180.549.

30. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 180.33.

31. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 180.31.

32. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 180.204.

33. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 180.158.

34. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 179.993.

35. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 179.717.

36. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 179.606.

37. (33) David Stremme, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

38. (30) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, Owner Points.

39. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota, Owner Points.

40. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

41. (32) Travis Kvapil, Ford, Owner Points.

42. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, Owner Points.

43. (66) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, Owner Points.

Failed to Qualify

44. (35) David Reutimann, Ford.

2014 Bojangles’ Southern 500 Information

Race Date: Saturday, April 12

Location: Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC

Pre-Race: 6PM ET

Green Flag: 6:45PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Track Type: Speedway (367 laps)

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