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It’s deja vu for Dover International Speedway as, for the second straight time at the Monster Mile, qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
With the starting lineup set per the rulebook Kevin Harvick will start from pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism after winning Friday’s opening practice session. Harvick is also the most recent race winner here after earning a victory last fall during the Chase.
“This has been one of our really good racetracks,” Harvick said. “We’ve had a little bit of bad luck the first couple times we came here [with Stewart-Haas Racing]. Obviously, it all came together last time in the fall.”
Following a similar circumstance at Richmond, where Harvick won the pole for the same reason, the 40-year-old put all hands on deck during opening practice knowing very well it could decide the starting lineup.
“That definitely changes your approach,” Harvick said. “That’s what the forecast looked like all week and we just decided to come with qualifying trim.”
Starting second will be Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who will take the green flag from the front row for just the third time at Dover since 2003.
“Hopefully, we can get some practice in tomorrow and work on the race setup a little bit,” Earnhardt said. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver remains in search of his first win during an up-and-down 2016 season to date.
The Camping World Truck Series saw the same fate as their two qualifying sessions were cancelled. Austin Cindric and Norm Benning are the two drivers that will not start the JACOB Companies 200 scheduled for later Friday afternoon. William Byron, last week’s winner at Kansas will start from the pole.