Rain gives Harvick, Earnhardt Jr. front row at Dover

Kevin Harvick on track during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 13, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.
Kevin Harvick on track during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 13, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.
Kevin Harvick on track during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 13, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.

The rains came Friday as predicted and rained out pole qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway.  Knowing the chance of rain was high for Friday afternoon, teams banked on the lineup being set by practice speeds.  Teams practiced in qualifying trim with Kevin Harvick putting down a lap of 165.145 mph to grab the fastest lap in practice.

As rain continued to fall at the scheduled 3:45 p.m. ET qualifying time neared NASCAR cancelled the session and set the field by the rulebook and the gamble for Harvick paid off as he was handed his first pole of the season, the 16th of his career and his second at Dover.

“The car was really fast when we unloaded for practice,” Harvick said.  “Having that first pit stall definitely helps here and looking forward to just the challenge of this particular race track just running every lap is hard. To do it the same twice and that is a lot of fun. The guys have done a great job prepping the cars and hit on some things that we like and it has worked well over the past few years.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start second alongside Harvick after his second fastest lap of the earlier practice session of 164.707 mph. The front row start for Earnhardt is his first of the season.

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