Rain puts Harvick on pole at Richmond

Harvick's fast time in practice has seen him score pole at Richmond

Harvick’s fast time in practice has seen him score pole at Richmond

Kevin Harvick’s fastest time in practice has seen him earn pole position at Richmond after qualifying was rained out.

With rain threatening, all teams put an extra effort into Friday morning’s opening practice with Harvick quickest from Joey Logano.

Although Harvick is the points leader, his qualifying average of 11th in the time trials has seen him have to work to the front in the races.

“We had decided to come into the weekend and approach qualifying a little bit different, with just the way the race tracks have been and the timing of the practices,” said Harvick.

“We decided to go and take advantage of being the first car on the race track, which is usually a big advantage here when the track is green and doesn’t have a lot of rubber on it.

“It worked out today. It’s going to be interesting just for the fact that, the second and third times out, the times weren’t near what the first time was because the tyres fall off — which is great.”

Tony Stewart, who is making his return to the Sprint Cup after injury, will start from 18th.

Cole Whitt failed to make the 40-car field as he was slowest of the cars that needed to qualify on time in the practice session.

QUALIFYING: Toyota Owners 400 – Richmond International Raceway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light 129.069 20.919 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Penzoil 128.694 20.980 –0.061
3 48 Jimmie Johnson LOWE’S PRO SERVICES 128.187 21.063 –0.144
4 19 Carl Edwards XFINITY 128.181 21.064 –0.145
5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground 128.156 21.068 –0.149
6 2 Brad Keselowski Thomas Built Buses 128.011 21.092 –0.173
7 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy / Haas Automation 127.799 21.127 –0.208
8 5 Kasey Kahne Mountain Dew 127.334 21.204 –0.285
9 18 Kyle Busch Banfield 127.298 21.210 –0.291
10 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Bush’s Beans 127.220 21.223 –0.304
11 3 Austin Dillon AAA 127.208 21.225 –0.306
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion 125.517 21.511 –0.592
13 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 125.307 21.547 –0.628
14 31 Ryan Newman Grainger 124.913 21.615 –0.696
15 42 Kyle Larson Target 124.861 21.624 –0.705
16 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 124.775 21.639 –0.720
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Mountain Dew 124.775 21.639 –0.720
18 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy 124.700 21.652 –0.733
19 16 Greg Biffle Cheez-It Ford Fusion 124.527 21.682 –0.763
20 44 Brian Scott Albertsons Co. / Shore Lodge 124.516 21.684 –0.765
21 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery 124.487 21.689 –0.770
22 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 124.481 21.690 –0.771
23 24 Chase Elliott Mountain Dew 124.464 21.693 –0.774
24 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 124.064 21.763 –0.844
25 13 Casey Mears GEICO 123.734 21.821 –0.902
26 27 Paul Menard Duracell / Menards 123.598 21.845 –0.926
27 1 Jamie McMurray Credit One Bank 123.553 21.853 –0.934
28 38 Landon Cassill The Pete Store 123.125 21.929 –1.010
29 *21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 122.566 22.029 –1.110
30 23 David Ragan sweetFrog 122.266 22.083 –1.164
31 *30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 121.995 22.132 –1.213
32 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors 121.990 22.133 –1.214
33 34 Chris Buescher A&W All American Food 121.891 22.151 –1.232
34 7 Regan Smith APC Chrevrolet 121.496 22.223 –1.304
35 *55 Reed Sorenson ChampionMachinery.com 121.250 22.268 –1.349
36 83 Matt DiBenedetto E.J. Wade Construction 121.131 22.290 –1.371
37 *93 Ryan Ellis ScienceLogic 120.182 22.466 –1.547
38 *98 Cole Whitt TBA 119.660 22.564 –1.645
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt CorvetteParts.net 119.458 22.602 –1.683
40 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 117.842 22.912 –1.993
41 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 0.000 0.000 -20.919
 * Cars required to qualify on speed

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