Kevin Harvick, the winner of the last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, led the way again during the first practice session Friday for the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism.” Harvick turned a leading lap of 165.145 mph.
A crew works to put out a fire in Danica Patrick’s car following an accident in practice for the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Friday, May 13. GETTY IMAGES
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (164.707 mph) was second, followed by Kyle Busch (164.489 mph) in third.
The practice speeds will be used to set the starting grid for Sunday’s race (1 p.m., Fox Sports 1) as qualifying was canceled on Friday afternoon due to rain.
The session was marked by an early accident as Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray all suffered damage after a gear failure caused Patrick to spin out on the frontstretch.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying record at the Monster Mile belongs to Brad Keselowski, who turned a lap of 164.444 mph on May 30, 2014.