Friday's auto racing roundup: Harvick earns spot on NASCAR pole

Alon Day joins BK Racing for Richmond			Image by Barry Cantrell  LAT

Alon Day joins BK Racing for Richmond Image by Barry Cantrell LAT

Harvick edged hometown favorite Denny Hamlin for the top spot.

The pole is the third for Harvick this season and his 24th in 638 career starts. Defending series champion and points leader Martin Truex Jr. will start third in the 400-lap event.

Harvick turned a lap at 121.880 miles per hour to edge hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, whose best lap came at 121.847 miles per hour. After several years as the last opportunity for drivers to qualify for the 10-race playoffs, Saturday night's race marks the first time Richmond is part of the playoffs.

"We didn't really fall off". Sports' race coverage begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with the first race of the Xfinity Series Playoffs, and culminates Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with NASCAR Cup Series racing.

" And Kelley have meant so much to me, and my career these last few years, nearly a rejuvenation of life", Sadler said.

"I am really pleased with our auto in race trim, and we were able to put together three rounds and squeak through in the second round and make good adjustments to the vehicle", he said. Erik Jones and Kyle Larson round out the top 10 on the starting grid.

Sadler, who has been in NASCAR since 1995, won 17 times across NASCAR's three series, with his last Xfinity Series victory coming at Kentucky in 2016.

"I feel like if there's any racetrack that I have an advantage at, it's this one", he said.

"I'm glad that he's enjoying it - you know, when we got together, I was like man, you know I hope I can give him everything he needs and get him back to Victory Lane, and we've done that, the only thing we haven't gotten him is a championship, and we came close a year ago. I don't mind having to go out there and know I have to run top-five in every stage, top-five in the race just to get ourselves somewhat near that cut line and then, when we get to Charlotte, handle business there".