By Brian Citino
It’s no secret that under the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, 2014 champion Kevin Harvick is in dire need of a win in Sunday’s “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race if he wants to advance beyond the first round.
Kevin Harvick posted the top time during the second NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session on Saturday at Dover International Speedway. Photo by GETTY IMAGES.
That, or he needs a lot of the sport’s top drivers to have a very bad race, something tough to count on.
Things are looking OK so far for Harvick, as he was the fastest car in the final practice on Saturday with a lap time of 23.072 seconds at 156.033 mph. Earlier in the day, he was the fourth fastest in the first practice.
He was followed by Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, who also posted top-five times in the first practice, Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Given that Friday’s qualifying was rained out, Harvick will start in the No. 15 position, as the lineup was set based on owner points. Matt Kenseth will start on the pole, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, with Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top-five.
Green flag for Sunday’s “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is 2:30 p.m.