Rain puts Harvick on Dover pole

Kevin Harvick fast practice run gave him pole at Dover

Kevin Harvick fast practice run gave him pole at Dover

Rain has cancelled qualifying at Dover, with Kevin Harvick’s fastest practice time earning him the pole position.

With rain forecast, Harvick went out in qualifying trim and set what would be the benchmark time ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“I think (the weather) definitely changes the approach,” said Harvick. “That’s what the forecast looked like all week, and we just decided to come in qualifying trim.

“(Crew chief) Rodney (Childers) and those guys made that decision pretty early — I’d say about midweek — to practice that way.”

Harvick posted a lap at 265.779km/h (165.147 mph), which would have supplanted Brad Keselowski’s 2014 qualifying record of 264.647km/h (164.444 mph), had it been set during time trials. However, practice times are not eligible for official track records.

Despite having crew chief Adam Stevens serving a one-race suspension, Kyle Busch will start from third alongside Carl Edwards.

The big dramas in practice occurred when Danica Patrick had a differential failure while spewed oil onto the track. She crashed along with her team-mate/owner Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray. All will use back-up cars for the race.

VIDEO: Harvick speaks after being awarded pole

STARTING LINE-UP: AAA Drive for Autism – Dover International Speedway

1 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide
3 18 Kyle Busch Pedigree
4 19 Carl Edwards Stanley
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr SunnyD Ford Fusion
6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office
7 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row
8 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar
9 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS
10 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General
11 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance
12 3 Austin Dillon AAA
13 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts
14 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth
15 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield
16 16 Greg Biffle Kleen Performance Ford Fusion
17 44 Brian Scott ACME / Shore Lodge
18 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center
19 27 Paul Menard Schrock / Menards
20 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush’s Beans
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s
22 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil
23 42 Kyle Larson Target
24 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s / Cessna
25 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion
26 13 Casey Mears GEICO
27 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper
28 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors
29 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors
30 34 Chris Buescher Dockside Logistics
31 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery / Autism Delaware Chevrolet SS
32 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy
33 7 Regan Smith APC Chevrolet
34 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Assoc / Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS
35 38 Landon Cassill MDS Transport
36 98 Cole Whitt VYDOX Plus
37 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J
38 55 Reed Sorenson World Record Striper Company
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt CorvetteParts.net
40 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing

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