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NASCAR starting lineup at Talladega: Kevin Harvick wins pole after restrictor-plate rule change

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79   //    29 Apr 2018, 00:36 IST
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New rule, no practice? No problem.

Kevin Harvick, the last driver in final qualifying, took the pole for Sunday's GEICO 500 Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, turning a 49.247-second lap at 194.448 mph to edge Kurt Busch (49.340, 194.082 mph).

Qualifying Saturday came after NASCAR announced a rule change designed to decrease the speeds after Jamie McMurray's spectacular wreck during Friday's practice.

The two Fords will start in the front row, ahead of Toyotas driven by Martin Truex Jr. (49.482, 193.525 mph) and Denny Hamlin (49.633, 192.936 mph). 

The context: McMurray had turned a lap of 203.975 mph just before his crash Friday, more than 6 mph faster than the fastest lap in practice in October. Brad Keselowski told ESPN.com that he estimated McMurray was going 210 mph at the time of his crash that sent him somersaulting down the track.

In response, NASCAR reduced the size of the holes in the restrictor plates from 56/64ths of an inch to 55/64ths, cutting approximately 12-15 horsepower and likely a few miles per hour. There was no additional practice scheduled for Sunday's race following the change and ahead of qualifying and racing, a move that's not unprecedented for NASCAR.

The GEICO 500 starts at 2 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox.

Starting lineup for the GEICO 500

1. Kevin Harvick 
2. Kurt Busch
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Chase Elliott
6. Erik Jones
7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
8. Clint Bowyer
9. Joey Logano
10. Brad Keselowski
11. Alex Bowman
12. David Ragan
13. Paul Menard
14. Daniel Suarez
15. Darrell Wallace Jr.
16. Jimmie Johnson
17. William Byron
18. Ryan Newman
19. Kyle Busch
20. Michael McDowell
21. Trevor Bayne
22. Kyle Larson
23. Ryan Blaney
24. Austin Dillon
25. Chris Buescher
26. Kasey Kahne
27. Jamie McMurray
28. AJ Almendinger
29. Ty Dillon
30. Brendan Gaughan
31. DJ Kennington
32. Timothy Peters
33. Matt DiBenedetto
34. Joey Gase
35. Ross Chastain
36. Cole Whitt
37. Gray Gaulding
38. Reed Sorenson
39. Timmy Hill
40. Aric Almirola

 
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