Harvick Claims Zippo 200 Pole in Record Setting Style
Defending Champion Ambrose Qualifies Second Despite Breaking Qualifying Record
By: WGI Staff on 8/8/2009
Kevin Harvick will look to win his second Zippo 200 in three years.
2007 Zippo 200 Champion, Kevin Harvick, returned to his winning ways by capturing the pole for this year’s Zippo 200 with a record setting speed. The driver of the No. 33 Copart Chevy Impala SS ran a lap more than half a second faster than the previous record qualifying record which was held by Kurt Busch.
Harvick led the eighth and final group in qualifying, which was composed of strictly Sprint Cup Series regulars. After attempting to take five of their quickest laps, Harvick recorded a top lap of 121.998 mph (72.296 seconds).
Marcos Ambrose also outran the qualifying record with his top speed of 121.951 mph. The effort put him in the 2nd position to begin the 82-lap event. Ambrose is the defending champion of the Zippo 200, and will surely put on a great fight leading in to Turn 1 of the 2.45-mile road course.
Sprint Cup Series regulars and road course aces compose the rest of the top ten. Robby Gordon, Scott Speed and Denny Hamlin recorded speeds for third through fifth place. The rest of the top ten is made up of Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers, Boris Said and Ron Fellows. Said and Fellows are both known as road course aces for their extensive experience and success on road courses.