Rainout hands Harvick Chicagoland pole, leaves other Chasers deep in the field

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's / Budweiser Chevrolet, stands in the garage area before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

JOLIET, IL – SEPTEMBER 18: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s / Budweiser Chevrolet, stands in the garage area before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

Mother Nature put a little extra pressure on some of NASCAR’s Chase drivers Friday as rain washed out qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series MyAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.  According to NASCAR rules, Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole based on practice speeds earlier in the day. It’s the 16th career pole for Harvick, his second of the year and his first at Chicagoland.

“I am most proud of my team for having a fast race car to come to the track; having a plan and doing all the things they did to pay attention to the weather,” Harvick said. “They put a lot emphasis on trying to lay a fast lap down just like everybody to get a good starting position with the way that the weather was. Rodney (Childers) and Mike (Bugarewicz) and everybody on the team have done a good job. Just proud of that.”

“Obviously having the first pit stall and having good track position to start is important,” he added. MORE>>>

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