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Harvick on pole after qualifying for first Chase race rained out

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 18: Crew members walk off pit road under heavy rain during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 18: Crew members walk off pit road under heavy rain during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Qualifying for Sunday's myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was rained out Friday evening, as heavy showers hit the Joliet, Ill., area in late afternoon.

And with no qualifying, the starting grid was set by practice times, putting Kevin Harvick on the pole for the opening race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Harvick's lap of 188.317 miles per hour in the day's only practice round was enough to put the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in the No. 1 starting spot for Sunday's race.

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Behind Harvick came the Team Penske Fords of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, with Martin Truex Jr. fourth in his Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman will roll off from the third row on Sunday.

One surprise was the results posted by the four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, who have combined to win 11 races, including seven of the last nine. In practice, Kyle Busch was fastest of the four, timing out in seventh place. Matt Kenseth, who like Busch has four race victories this year, was 13th, two positions ahead of Carl Edwards, with Denny Hamlin way back in 30th.

Of the 16 Chase drivers, 12 practiced in the top 15. Other than Hamlin those Chase drivers not in the top 15 were Paul Menard (17th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (20th) and Clint Bowyer (27th).