Harvick takes pole position for Sprint Cup race

An exciting day of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying, NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and ARCA Racing presented by Menards kicked off Hollywood Casino 400 weekend today at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Three-time Kansas Speedway winner Jeff Gordon started where he left off in May setting the fastest time in the first Sprint Cup Series practice topping Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon.

For Harvick, there seems to be something about Kansas that suits him. After finishing second in practice, he earned his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas Speedway pole this afternoon.

“Yeah, for whatever reason this fits everything that I have going on with my driving style. Last year we had a fast car and this year we have a fast car as well.”

Brian Vickers will start beside Harvick on the front row and Aric Almirola and Joey Logano will make up the second row.

Carl Edwards qualified 12th, Jamie McMurray qualified 14th and Clint Bowyer will start 19th on Sunday, respectively.

The ARCA Racing Series wrapped up the 2014 season in an action packed 99 laps under the lights at Kansas Speedway.

Spencer Gallagher earned his first career ARCA Racing Series victory, Josh Williams finished second followed by Ross Kenseth, son of two-time Kansas Speedway winner Matt Kenseth, Mason Mitchell and Cody Coughlin.

Points leader Mason Mitchell only had to take the green flag in tonight’s ARCA 98.9 at Kansas Speedway to claim the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Championship.

Tickets for Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 and Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 are still available and can be purchased by calling 866-460-7223 or at the gate each day.

Parking is free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.
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Eastern Conference leader D.C. United plays Sporting KC Friday night

Sporting Kansas City meets Eastern Conference leader D.C. United on Friday night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The nationally televised match will kick off at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.

Sporting Kansas City is tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with the New England Revolution heading into Friday’s match.

The trip to the nation’s capital comes after a three-game home stand which included two victories in the CONCACAF Champions League. Most recently, Sporting KC fell to the Revolution 3-2 despite a pair of goals from Paulo Nagamura and Dom Dwyer in a two-minute span.

D.C. United is undefeated in its last four matches across all competition, most recently defeating the Philadelphia Union 1-0 last weekend at RFK Stadium.

Luis Silva’s 10th-minute strike helped to secure D.C.’s 15th victory in 2014 after finishing last year with just three wins and 16 points. Silva has 11 goals since the beginning of June, third most in MLS.

Dom Dwyer is second in MLS with 20 goals scored this season, breaking the club’s previous single-season record. Dwyer has scored in five straight appearances across all competition, tying Preki (1996) the longest such scoring streak in club history.

With a goal on Friday, Dwyer would be the first Sporting KC player ever to score in six straight competitive matches.

D.C. United has an MLS-best eight clean sheets at home and a 10-2-3 record at RFK Stadium this season. Its 10 home wins are tied for second most in MLS and their 11 home goals allowed are fewest in MLS, however D.C. United will be facing a Sporting KC squad that leads MLS with eight road wins.

D.C. United defeated Sporting KC in the previous two matches this season, a 1-0 result on May 31 and a 3-0 victory in August. With a win or a tie on Friday, D.C. United would become the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot in 2014.

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