The most surprising thing about Kevin Harvick's pole at Phoenix International Raceway was that it was his first one.
"Every week's just a new adventure," said Harvick after scratching yet another item from his career bucket list. "This particular team in (crew chief) Rodney (Childers) and everybody on the team, even if we're off, they make great adjustments and just communicate and do the things we have to do to make the car better.
"So, we don't pay a lot of attention to the scoreboard. We just try to make our cars drive as good as we can, and in the end, that's working out for us right now."
Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch, who qualified eighth in his first event back from a three-race suspension, summed up his view of Harvick's recent success.
"Kevin Harvick is in one of the strongest sequences that I've ever seen in this sport," said the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
Harvick will lead the field to green in Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 with second-place qualifier Joey Logano (140.543 mph) beside him. For Logano, it's a familiar spot; the driver of the No. 22 Ford also started on the outside of the first row in the first Phoenix race last year.