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NASCAR Cup: qualifying cancellation puts Kevin Harvick on Southern 500 pole

Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

By AMANDA VINCENT

 

With rain and severe weather expected at Darlington Raceway on Friday, NASCAR made the call on Thursday to postpone all on-track activity for Friday, moving practice sessions for both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series to Saturday. With practice added to Saturday’s schedule, qualifying for Sunday’s Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, scheduled for Saturday, was cancelled. As a result, the starting grid for Sunday’s race was set by car owner points, putting Kevin Harvick on the pole.

 

Harvick will share the front row with Brad Keselowski. Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch will line up in the second row.

 

claiming the fifth through 10th positions on the Southern 500 starting grid were Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.

 

“We’d rather not have practice and just start the race,” Logano said. “I think we do a very good job, and when I say we, I include Todd (Gordon, crew chief) and engineers, our team putting the cars together. I feel like we do an amazing job on that before we get to the race track. Then, a lot of times, during practice, we don’t have as much room to gain on our race car a lot of times.”

 

Here’s the complete starting grid for the Southern 500:

 

Row 1 — Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet), Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford)

Row 2 — Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota), Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet)

Row 3 — Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford), Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota)

Row 4 — Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Toyota)

Row 5 — Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota)

Row 6 — Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet), Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet)

Row 7 — Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet)

Row 8 — Jeff Gordon (No. 88 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr.), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet)

Row 9 — Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet), Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet)

Row 10 — Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford), Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford)

Row 11 — A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford)

Row 12 — Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford), Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet)

Row 13 — Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet), Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford)

Row 14 — Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet), Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet)

Row 15 — Landon Cassill (No. 38 Ford), Michael McDowell (No. 95 Chevrolet)

Row 16 — Chris Buescher (No. 34 Ford), David Ragan (No. 23 Toyota)

Row 17 — Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet), Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford)

Row 18 — Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 Toyota), Cole Whitt (No. 28 Chevrolet)

Row 19 — Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet), Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 32 Ford)

Row 20 — Reed Sorenson (No. 55 Chevrolet), Josh Wise (No. 30 Chevrolet)

 

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