Rain hands Harvick pole at Daytona

NASCAR Sprint Cup series points leader Kevin Harvick will start Saturday night's race at Daytona from pole position after qualifying was cancelled due to rain

Rain hands Harvick pole at Daytona

Twelve drivers had already completed their flying laps when drizzle halted the session while Penske's Sam Hornish Jr was on provisional pole. However the rain intensified and NASCAR decided to cancel the rest of the running, thus forming up the starting grid based on the owner standings, which closely resemble the drivers' points.

Following a number of incidents in practice and the lack of grip drivers have found on the bumpy Daytona surface, Harvick anticipates having a good handling car will be even more than usual due to the new technical package - which couples a larger restrictor plate with the rear spoiler, in use for the first time at the track with the current car.

"For us we didn't have a lot of speed in our car for qualifying trim and we had already qualified so obviously that will make things easier at the beginning of the race to get going," said Harvick.

"And I think our car drives really well and that is going to be the key to both races this weekend - to be able to keep the throttle on the floor for more than four or five laps is a good thing. It's definitely going to be a handling race and we are looking forward to it."

Reigning chamion Jimmie Johsnon will start from the front row following back-to-back wins at Infineon Raceway and New Hampshire in the past two weeks, while Joe Gibbs Racing team-mates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin would line up in the second row of the grid, but the latter will be forced to start from the rear of the field as he did not run a lap in his back-up car, following an incident in practice after contact with Busch.

Former Daytona winner Tony Stewart will also be forced to start from the back of the field for the same reason, as will Red Bull's Reed Sorenson.

Michael McDowell and Todd Bodine failed to make the field.

Pos Driver Car 1. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 3. Kyle Busch Toyota 4. Denny Hamlin Toyota 5. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6. Kurt Busch Dodge 7. Matt Kenseth Ford 8. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 9. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 10. Greg Biffle Ford 11. Mark Martin Chevrolet 12. Carl Edwards Ford 13. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 14. Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 16. Joey Logano Toyota 17. Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 18. Martin Truex Jr Toyota 19. David Reutimann Toyota 20. Kasey Kahne Ford 21. AJ Allmendinger Ford 22. Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23. Paul Menard Ford 24. Reed Sorenson Toyota 25. David Ragan Ford 26. Brad Keselowski Dodge 27. Scott Speed Toyota 28. Marcos Ambrose Toyota 29. Elliott Sadler Ford 30. Sam Hornish Jr Dodge 31. Regan Smith Chevrolet 32. Robby Gordon Toyota 33. Kevin Conway Ford 34. Robert Richardson Ford 35. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 36. David Stremme Ford 37. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 38. Travis Kvapil Ford 39. Steve Park Toyota 40. Max Papis Toyota 41. JJ Yeley Dodge 42. Joe Nemechek Toyota 43. Dave Blaney Toyota 
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