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Rain forces cancellation of qualifying at Chicagoland Speedway

By AMANDA VINCENT

Rain forced the cancellation of NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying for the second-consecutive year at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Friday for Sunday’s MyAFibRisk.com 400. As a result, the starting grid was set based on practice speeds from earlier in the day on Friday, putting reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick on the pole and Joey Logano alongside on the front row.

“I would rather have been first, but I feel good about that,” Logano said. “I was hoping we would qualify, because I thought we had a shot at the pole, but I will take second. That is a good consolation.”

Logano will have his Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski, nearby at the green flag on Sunday, as Keselowski will line up in the second row in the third spot.

“It is a lot better than last year when we started 25th,” Keselowski said. “We will take that and move on. The car has been pretty good, so far, so I feel good about that. Track position is important here, but last year, we were able to pass people and get up to the front.”

Keselowski will be joined in the second row by Martin Truex Jr. Austin Dillon will start highest among drivers not in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as he’ll line up in the third row in the fifth spot. He’ll share the third row with Chaser Ryan Newman. Dillon is one of two non-Chasers who’ll start Sunday’s race in the top-10, joining Kasey Kahne, who will start eighth.

Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin will start farthest back of the 16 Chase drivers, starting 29th.

Here’s the complete starting grid for the MyAFibRisk.com 400:

Row 1 — Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet), Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford)
Row 2 — Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Chevrolet)
Row 3 — Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet)
Row 4 — Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota), Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet)
Row 5 — Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet), Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Chevrolet)
Row 6 — Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota)
Row 7 — Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet), Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota)
Row 8 — A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet), Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet)
Row 9 — Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet)
Row 10 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet), Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford)
Row 11 — Brian Scott (No. 33 Chevrolet), Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 9 Ford)
Row 12 — Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet), Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet)
Row 13 — Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet), Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Toyota)
Row 14 — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford), David Ragan (No. 55 Toyota)
Row 15 — Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota), Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford)
Row 16 — Justin Allgaier (No. 51), Alex Bowman (No. 7 Chevrolet)
Row 17 — Cole Whitt (No. 35 Ford), J.J. Yeley (No. 26 Toyota)
Row 18 — David Gilliland (No. 38 Ford), Landon Cassill (No. 40 Chevrolet)
Row 19 — Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet), Brett Moffitt (No. 34 Ford)
Row 20 — Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 Toyota), Josh Wise (No. 32 Ford)
Row 21 — Jeb Burton (No. 23 Toyota), Reed Sorenson (No. 98 Ford)
Row 22 — Timmy Hill (No. 62 Chevrolet)

Will not race: Ryan Blaney, Michael McDowell, Travis Kvapil

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