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Kevin Harvick wins his sixth pole of the season; Stewart to start 12th

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Life is easier on Fridays for Kevin Harvick.

That hasn't always been the case.

Harvick has never been known as a particularly good qualifier but Friday night he won the pole for Sunday night's Oral-B 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway -- his sixth of the 2014 season.

Harvick only amassed six poles in his prior 13 fulltime seasons in the series. This also marks the first time in his career he's won the pole for consecutive races (he also won last weekend at Bristol, Tenn.).

"The qualifying stuff has obviously been a major focus on what we've done. I think it's kept us in a lot of races, especially early-on in the season," said Harvick, who has Sprint Cup Series wins this season and is already qualified for the Chase.

"You get an advantage on pit road. Last week we were win contention for a top-three or top-four finish if it weren't for my speeding penalty on pit road.

"It gives me a lot of confidence each week."

Brad Keselowski will start second, Kyle Larson third, Ryan Newman fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.

Tony Stewart, making his return to a race track after sitting out the past three races, will line up 12th.

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