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Harvick breaks own Kansas Speedway record, captures pole to begin next round of Chase

  • Brad Keselowski (2) takes a NASCAR auto race practice lap at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

    Brad Keselowski (2) takes a NASCAR auto race practice lap at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)  (The Associated Press)

  • NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick talks with sports commentator and former race driver Dale Jarrett in the garage at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

    NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick talks with sports commentator and former race driver Dale Jarrett in the garage at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)  (The Associated Press)

Kevin Harvick is the one to beat once again at Kansas Speedway.

Harvick shattered his own track record and won the pole to start the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Sunday. He turned a lap of 197.621 mph in the last round of qualifying to break his own record set in the spring by nearly 3 mph.

Kevin Vickers qualified second with a lap of 196.307. Aric Almirola was third.

Joey Logano began a run of five Chase contenders by qualifying fourth. Jeff Gordon was next, followed by Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson spun out during his first qualifying effort and will start 32nd, the lowest he has started a Chase race since 2005.