Update: Drivers were called to their cars at approximately 8:04 p.m. ET. The green flag dropped at 8:22 p.m. ET.
The start of Saturday night's 5-hour Energy 400 benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation was briefly delayed due to threatening weather at Kansas Speedway.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race in track history was slated for a green-flag time of 7:46 p.m. ET. Drivers were in their cars when NASCAR called for a hold on all activities due to the threat of inclement weather. Just before 7:50 p.m. ET, NASCAR allowed teams to cover their cars, although the approaching storm mainly missed the track.
When the field went green, it was Kevin Harvick leading the 43-car pack to the start/finish line. After winning the Coors Light Pole Award six times in his previous 466 starts, Harvick has earned the honor twice this year in 11 attempts with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Harvick won at Darlington from the pole earlier this year, and he also won the fall race at Kansas from the pole position.
Brian Vickers came off the grid 15th as the first Toyota driver.
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