SPARTA, Ky. —
Mother Nature changed all the plans Friday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was scheduled to qualify this evening, but since rain hit the area during the early afternoon hours and postponed some of the practice rounds, NASCAR made the decision to cancel qualifying.
Instead of running knockout qualifying, they will hold another practice session at 6:30 p.m., for teams to continue working on setups and check tire wear on the new Kentucky surface. This is the first full weekend of action on the new pavement, one that included the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race last night and will also include the XFINITY Series event this evening.
With the schedule change, the starting lineup for tomorrow nights Quaker State 400 (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, PRN, SirusXM Channel 90) was set by current Sprint Cup Series car owner points. Previously, the lineup would have been set by practice speeds since the teams did get a session in on Thursday — but NASCAR recently made changes to those procedures.
With owner points setting the lineup, Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick has been awarded the Coors Light Pole Award for tomorrow nights race behind the wheel of his No. 4. He will lead the field to the green flag with Brad Keselowski to his outside and fellow SHR teammate Kurt Busch in third.
Michigan winner Joey Logano will roll off fourth and two-time winner this year Carl Edwards will take the green flag from fifth position. Defending champion Kyle Busch will roll off sixth, with Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin completing the balance of the top-10 at the green flag tomorrow night.
Sprint Cup Series teams will hit the track for more practice as soon as the track is dry this afternoon. XFINITY teams will qualify at 4:30 p.m. ET, then Cup teams will hit the track again at 6:30 p.m. All of this is weather permitting.
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