Stewart-Haas Racing - 2016 Richmond I Qualifying
Date: Apr. 22, 2016
Event: Qualifying for the Richmond 400 (Round 9 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Pole Winner: None, qualifying canceled due to rain (field set via NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book)
Rain canceled Friday’s qualifying session for the Richmond 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. As a result, the 40-car field for Sunday’s 400-lap event around the .75-mile oval was set by taking the fastest lap each driver posted during Friday’s practice session, per the NASCAR rulebook.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), posted the fastest time and will start first. Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet for SHR, will start 7th. Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 18th. Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 21st.
Harvick’s fast lap in practice was 20.919 seconds at 129.069 mph. Busch turned a lap of 21.127 seconds at 127.799 mph. Stewart timed in at 21.652 seconds at 124.700 mph. Patrick stopped the clock in 21.689 seconds at 124.487 mph.
Joining Harvick on the outside of row one is Joey Logano, who timed in at 20.980 seconds at 128.694 mph. Jimmie Johnson (21.063 seconds at 128.187 mph), Carl Edwards (21.064 seconds at 128.181 mph) and Denny Hamlin (21.068 seconds at 128.156 mph) comprised the remainder of the top-five.
The Richmond 400 gets underway at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday with live coverage provided by FOX.