Qualifying cancelled; Harvick on the pole for Sunday’s race at Richmond

by Barry Albert On Fri, Apr. 22, 2016

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Qualifying for Sunday’s Toyota Owner’s 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Rain entered the area shortly after noon and wiped out Friday’s scheduled Sprint Cup Series qualifying session. The field was set based off the speeds during Friday’s practice session. Kevin Harvick had the fastest lap of 129.069 MPH and will be on the pole for Sunday’s race.

“We had decided to come into the weekend and approach Qualifying a little bit different just for the way that the race tracks have been and the timing of our practices, and things. So, we decided to go and try to take advantage of being the first car on the race track, which is usually a pretty big advantage here when the track is green and doesn’t have a lot of rubber on it. And so, it worked out today.” Harvick said.

Joey Logano had a practice speed of 128.694 MPH and will start second.

“I feel like my team did a great job understanding the weather today before we hit the race track. We went out there and made our qualifying run off the truck and then focused in on race trim thinking that we weren’t going to qualifying anyway. The plan was executed perfectly besides second instead of first. Overall it is a good starting spot.” Logano said.

Jimmie Johnson starts third, Carl Edwards fourth and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

The Toyota Owner’s 400 is scheduled to start on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m., EST and will be aired live on FOX, MRN Radio and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Here’s the starting order for Sunday’s race:

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