Rain gives NASCAR pole to Kevin Harvick at Richmond

Kevin Harvick meets with the media at Richmond International Raceway on April 22, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia.

Kevin Harvick meets with the media at Richmond International Raceway on April 22, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia.

For the first time in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season weather has set the field. The rains came with 20-minutes left in the opening practice Friday afternoon at Richmond International Raceway as Kevin Harvick was atop the leader board.  The rains continued and NASCAR was forced to cancel all activities at the 0.75-mile track. Under NASCAR’s rules the field was set by  the first practice speeds so it will be Harvick who will lead the field in a Chevy to the green for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400.

Harvick’s practice speed of 129.069 mph gave him his first pole of the season and the 16th of his career.  Joey Logano will roll off second in a Ford followed by the Chevy of Jimmie Johnson.

“We decided to go and try to take advantage of being the first car on the race track” Harvick said.

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