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Harvick tops rain-shortened Monster Energy Series practice

Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford topped a rain-shortened combined practice on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The five-time 2018 winner only made four laps around the track, notching a top speed of 170.406 mph in a session that included cars entered in both the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race and the Monster Energy Open.

Harvick’s SHR teammate Kurt Busch was second-fastest in the session, his No. 41 Ford clocking in at 169.502 mph. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin ranked third on the speed charts (169.428 mph), while Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was fourth-quickest (169.412 mph). Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five, his No. 14 SHR Ford clocking in at 169.030 mph.

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Because of weather concerns,  the first two practice sessions originally scheduled — one for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Open and one for the All-Star Race — were initially combined into one 85-minute session. About five minutes into the session, rain started and brought out the red flag. Consistent rain forced the sanctioning body to cancel the rest of the practice session, although cars did briefly get back on track before another downpour.

Monster Energy Series cars are scheduled for Busch Pole Qualifying for the All-Star Race at 6:45 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1. Monster Energy Open Busch Pole Qualifying was canceled and will be set by owner points.