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After qualifying on pole, Harvick confirms favorite status at Kansas with quick final practice

  • NASCAR auto racing driver Kevin Harvick walks to his car as he prepares to take practice laps for the Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. Harvick took the pole for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    NASCAR auto racing driver Kevin Harvick walks to his car as he prepares to take practice laps for the Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. Harvick took the pole for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)  (The Associated Press)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson heads down the track during a practice run at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson heads down the track during a practice run at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)  (The Associated Press)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon makes his way around the track during a practice run at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon makes his way around the track during a practice run at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)  (The Associated Press)

Kyle Larson was fastest in final practice at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, though it was Kevin Harvick who confirmed his favorite status for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

Harvick, who won from the pole in last year's Chase race, will start on the pole after shattering his own track record in qualifying on Friday. Harvick had a quick lap of 189.607 in final practice, just off the pace set by Larson midway through Happy Hour.

Fellow Chase contenders Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five, while Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth again struggled to find speed.

Hamlin was 13th on the speed chart. Kenseth was 25th.