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Qualifying cancellation puts Kevin Harvick on pole at Dover

Kevin Harvick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kevin Harvick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Rain at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Friday forced the cancellation of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism. As a result, the starting grid for the race was set based on speeds from practice earlier in the day, putting Chevrolet drivers Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the front row.
“That (rainy) was what the forecast looked like all week, and we just decided to come in qualifying trim,” Harvick said of making some mock qualifying runs in practice. “Rodney (Childers, crew chief) and those guys made that decision pretty early, I would say about mid-week, to practice that way.”
In practice, Danica Patrick, Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart were caught up in a multi-car wreck that resulted from a gear issue in Patrick’s car and resulted in Patrick’s car catching fire. All three drivers were outside the top-20 on the speed chart that, ultimately, set the race starting grid. All three will drop to the back at the start of the race as a result of going to back-up cars.
“I got back to the throttle, and it was like a really muffled, like it blew an engine and then, it just got sideways and hit the wall,” Patrick said. “As you can see, there were a lot of flames, too, obviously some kind of oil or something like that in there that created that. I really feel bad, because Jamie’s elbow hurt pretty bad, and I don’t know if Tony is feeling perfect, but definitely unfortunate.”
Here’s a look at the starting grid for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism:
Row 1 — Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet)
Row 2 — Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota), Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota)
Row 3 — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford), Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota)
Row 4 — Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Toyota), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet)
Row 5 — Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota)
Row 6 — Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet), Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet)
Row 7 — Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet), Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford)
Row 8 — Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford), Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford)
Row 9 — Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford), Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford)
Row 10 — Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet), A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet)
Row 11 — Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet), Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford)
Row 12 — Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet), Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet)
Row 13 — Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford), Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet)
Row 14 — David Ragan (No. 23 Toyota), Michael McDowell (No. 95 Chevrolet)
Row 15 — Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 Toyota), Chris Buescher (No. 34 Ford)
Row 16 — Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet), Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet)
Row 17 — Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet), Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet)
Row 18 — Landon Cassill (No. 38 Ford), Cole Whitt (No. 98 Chevrolet)
Row 19 — Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet), Reed Sorenson (No. 55 Chevrolet)
Row 20 — Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 32 Ford), Josh Wise (No. 30 Chevrolet)
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