Stewart scores 14th NASCAR Cup Series pole for SHR in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (27.628 seconds at 195.454 mph). It is Stewart’s 15th career Cup Series pole and his second at Texas.

Harvick sets a new track qualifying record in the first round with a lap of 27.234 seconds at 198.282 mph. It is the fastest lap at a 1.5-mile oval in NASCAR, as Harvick’s quick time bests the previous mark of 28.074 seconds at 197.478 mph set by Geoff Bodine on Nov. 15, 1997 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.