Hermine prompts NASCAR to postpone Friday activity, Saturday qualifying

Published: Sep. 1, 2016 at 7:36 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2016 at 12:29 PM EDT
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DARLINGTON, SC (AP) - NASCAR has postponed all track activity Friday at Darlington Raceway in anticipation of Hermine bringing inclement weather to South Carolina.

Hermine on Thursday strengthened into a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds increasing to near 75 mph. By Friday morning, it weakened back to a Tropical Storm.

Thursday night's Darlington Car Hauler Parade will continue as scheduled.

Both the Sprint Cup Series and the Xfinity Series had scheduled practices on Friday and were supposed to qualify on Saturday. However, in the revamped weekend schedule, both series will line up the field based on points in the standings.

Kevin Harvick will lead the Sprint Cup field from the pole position with Brad Keselowski second, then defending Darlington champion Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano in Sunday night's race.

Friday grandstand ticketholders may take their ticket to the ticket office on Saturday and receive $5 off an admission to the NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 race.

The Xfinity Series race is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, while the Cup race is scheduled for Sunday evening on WIS.

Be sure to watch our five hour pre-race special on Sunday.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press/WIS.