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Harvick adds another first, pole at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Bristol Motor Speedway hasn't been one of Kevin Harvick's favorite tracks in recent seasons. That may have changed.

Harvick was second-fastest in Friday's first round of qualifying and was fastest in the final round with a track record average lap speed of 131.362 mph to win the pole for Saturday night's Irwin Night Race.

The pole is Harvick's first at Bristol and the 11th of his career. His five poles this season is a career-high.

"It feels great. Just have to thank everybody on our team for really everything they do every week for qualifying and the race cars that they bring to the race track are just incredibly fast," said Harvick, who hasn't finished better than 11th at the track since spring 2011.

"They have helped improve my qualifying record a tremendous amount. Today was no different."

Series points leader Jeff Gordon was second, Carl Edwards was third, Kyle Busch was fourth and Joey Logano was fifth.

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