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June 1, 2012

Harvick sets new qualifying record, on the pole for “Lucas Oil 200″

After an impressive Thursday practice followed by a dominant Friday qualifying run, Kevin Harvick showed he is going to be a force to reckon with in the June 1 “Lucas Oil 200″ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Harvick took the pole in Friday morning qualifying with a lap of 158.235 mph. That lap was good enough to set a new Dover track record, overtaking David Starr’s qualifying record of 157.577 mph from June 2005.

He was nearly a full mile-per-hour faster than second-place qualifier Joey Coulter – an eternity in racing. In Thursday’s final practice, Harvick had a similar advantage, with a top lap of 154.712 mph. The next fastest lap in that session was Justin Lofton at 153.309 mph.

Harvick will be looking for his first win in any series at the Monster Mile

Starting behind Harvick and Coulter will be Ron Hornaday Jr. third, Johnny Sauter fourth and Cale Gale fifth. Ty  Dillon, Jeb Burton, Timothy Peters, Miguel Paludo and Matt Crafton round out the top 10.

Click here for the full starting lineup.

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