Rain puts Kevin Harvick on All-Star pole
By AMANDA VINCENT
Rain that has played with the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway schedule of on-track activity throughout the Sprint All-Star Race weekend returned Saturday evening and forced the cancellation of All-Star Race qualifying. As a result, the 20-car field was set by car owner points, putting Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch on the front row.
The 15 cars already in the Sprint All-Star Race and, therefore, didn’t have to race their ways in through the Sprint Showdown did get about 14 minutes of practice on Saturday morning. Normally, practice speeds would set the starting grid, but with practice time being drastically limited and those who advanced through the Sprint Showdown not getting practice, NASCAR opted to set the grid based on owner points.
Here’s a look at the full starting grid for the Sprint All-Star Race, scheduled for Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
Row 1 — Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet), Kyle Busch (No. 75 Toyota)*
Row 2 — Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet), Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota)
Row 3 — Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet), Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford)
Row 4 — Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet), Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford)
Row 5 — Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Toyota), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet)
Row 6 — Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota), Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota)
Row 7 — Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet)
Row 8 — Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford), Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet)
Row 9 — Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet)
Row 10 — Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet), Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford)