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NASCAR Darlington 2016 qualifying results: Kevin Harvick awarded pole after qualifying cancelled

Hurricane Hermine forced NASCAR to revise its weekend schedule.

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When NASCAR canceled qualifying on Saturday, Kevin Harvick's season-long consistency put him on the pole for Sunday night's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Harvick holds the preferred starting spot on the tricky South Carolina track due to being ranked first in the standings, as NASCAR canceled qualifying and set the lineup based off owner points. He will share the front row with Brad Keselowski, with defending race winner Carl Edwards third and Kurt Busch fifth.

The decision to not qualify was due to Hurricane Hermine that impacted the Darlington area, necessitating officials cancel all of Friday's on-track activity and rework Saturday's schedule, which included time trials. Wanting to give teams ample opportunity to prepare for one of the sport's major events, NASCAR changed qualifying to an 80-minute practice session instead.

Harvick will be seeking his second Southern 500 victory in three years, and third win of 2016. In addition to leading all drivers in points, the 2014 Sprint Cup champion is also tops in top-10 finishes and tied with Keselowski and Kyle Busch for the most top fives.

The green flag waves on the Southern 500 at 6:15 p.m. ET, with NBC broadcasting the race.


Position Driver Make
1 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Ford
3 Carl Edwards Toyota
4 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
5 Joey Logano Ford
6 Kyle Busch Toyota
7 Denny Hamlin Toyota
8 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota
9 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
10 Matt Kenseth Toyota
11 Chase Elliott Chevrolet
12 Austin Dillon Chevrolet
13 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
14 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
15 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
16 Kyle Larson Chevrolet
17 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
18 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
19 Trevor Bayne Ford
20 Ryan Blaney Ford
21 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet
22 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford
23 Greg Biffle Ford
24 Paul Menard Chevrolet
25 Danica Patrick Chevrolet
26 Aric Almirola Ford
27 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
28 Casey Mears Chevrolet
29 Landon Cassill Ford
30 Michael McDowell Chevrolet
31 Chris Buescher Ford
32 David Ragan Toyota
33 Regan Smith Chevrolet
34 Brian Scott Ford
35 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota
36 Cole Whitt Chevrolet
37 Michael Annett Chevrolet
38 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford
39 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet
40 Josh Wise Chevrolet