NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
BOJANGLES’ SOUTHERN 500
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING REPORT
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
KEVIN HARVICK TO START FROM POLE POSITION AT DARLINGTON
Qualifying for Southern 500 Cancelled Due to Impending Weather
DARLINGTON, S.C. – September 1, 2016 – With inclement weather on the horizon from Hurricane Hermine, NASCAR officials have decided to cancel all on-track activity scheduled for Friday at Darlington Raceway in anticipations for Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500.
As a result of the cancelation, NASCAR has adjusted the competition schedule and has removed Sprint Cup Series qualifying for this weekend’s 367-lap/501.3-mile event and replaced it with two practice sessions to give driver’s and teams more on-track time to prepare for Sunday night’s race.
The starting grid has been set per the provisions in the NASCAR rulebook. Current year owner’s points determine starting positions in the event that adverse conditions prevent qualifying, thus, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and current point’s leader, Kevin Harvick, piloting the No. 4 Busch Beer Chevrolet SS, will start from the pole position.
This will be the first time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career that Harvick will lead the field to the green flag at Darlington. The Stewart-Haas racing driver earned his first and only Southern 500 victory to date in 2014.
Other Team Chevy drivers starting in the top 10 will be: Kurt Busch, No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet SS – 4th and Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS – 9th.
Brad Keselowski (Ford) will start second, Carl Edwards (Toyota) will start third, and Joey Logano (Ford) will start fifth to round out the top five starters.
The Bojangles’ Southern 500 is scheduled to start on Sunday, September 4 at 6 p.m., ET and will be aired live on NBC, MRN Radio and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
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