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Sprint Cup - Dover - Qualifying times

Qualifying for the Sprint Cup race at Dover was cancelled because of rain, meaning for the first time that the race starting order is determined by Friday practice times.
The weather was not kind to NASCAR at the Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway, Deleware, with qualifying for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup race comprehensively rained off. As a result, the new system came into effect whereby race starting order is determined by times set during practice on Friday which was unaffected by the weather.

As it turns out, the first practice session supplied the faster times, with the top five positions being claimed by times from that session and Kurt Busch the highest driver on the grid in sixth courtesy of his time in the second practice session.

Jimmie Johnson will start on pole position, having won the last race here in September. He would have started on the front row even under the previous system of car owner points, whereas Carl Edwards - who would have had pole under the old system - starts in 13th place.

AJ Allmendinger will start alongside Johnson in second place. "I would like to have gotten qualifying in," said AJ, "but I think with the new system all we want is to control our own destiny instead of having something determined by stuff that was in the past like points. As long as you can control your own destiny you can't complain. Starting second I am happy with!"

Johnson would have started second under the old system of owner points, while Allmendinger would have been back on the sixth row. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne will start from behind them in third and fourth.

Despite being listed in seventh position on the grid, Kyle Busch will drop to the rear of the field for the start of Sunday's race because of an engine change during practice, which will seriously affect his campaign to score a second 'triple crown' clean sweep of all three NASCAR events in a single race weekend, having won the Truck Series race on Friday evening.

Qualifying positions

Qualifying was cancelled due to rain in the Dover area, and the starting order for the Sprint Cup race duly set by practice times. Scott Riggs did not have the opportunity to qualify and is the only driver not to take the start on Sunday.

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
2. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford
3. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
4. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota
5. #20 Joey Logano Toyota
6. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
9. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
11. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford
13. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
14. #6 David Ragan Ford
15. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
17. #00 David Reutimann Toyota
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
19. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
21. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
22. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
23. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
24. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford
25. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet
26. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
27. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
28. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
29. #34 David Gilliland Ford
30. #13 Casey Mears Toyota
31. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
32. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet
33. #32 Mike Bliss Ford
34. #7 Scott Wimmer Dodge
35. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
36. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota
37. #71 Andy Lally* Ford
38. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet
39. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota
40. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet
41. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
43. #37 Tony Raines Ford

Did Not Qualify

44. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet

* denotes rookie

Practice 2 times

1. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 22.796s (Leader) 157.922 mph
2. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 22.844s (-0.048) 157.591 mph
3. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 22.854s (-0.058) 157.522 mph
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 22.876s (-0.080) 157.370 mph
5. #6 David Ragan Ford 22.930s (-0.134) 157.000 mph
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 22.948s (-0.152) 156.876 mph
7. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 22.969s (-0.173) 156.733 mph
8. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 22.988s (-0.192) 156.603 mph
9. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 22.993s (-0.197) 156.569 mph
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 23.057s (-0.261) 156.135 mph
11. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 23.062s (-0.266) 156.101 mph
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 23.106s (-0.310) 155.804 mph
13. #34 David Gilliland Ford 23.134s (-0.338) 155.615 mph
14. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 23.136s (-0.340) 155.602 mph
15. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 23.160s (-0.364) 155.440 mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 23.171s (-0.375) 155.367 mph
17. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 23.174s (-0.378) 155.346 mph
18. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 23.213s (-0.417) 155.085 mph
19. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 23.217s (-0.421) 155.059 mph
20. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 23.222s (-0.426) 155.025 mph
21. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 23.248s (-0.452) 154.852 mph
22. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 23.260s (-0.464) 154.772 mph
23. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 23.261s (-0.465) 154.766 mph
24. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 23.279s (-0.483) 154.646 mph
25. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 23.294s (-0.498) 154.546 mph
26. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 23.305s (-0.509) 154.473 mph
27. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 23.310s (-0.514) 154.440 mph
28. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 23.315s (-0.519) 154.407 mph
29. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 23.327s (-0.531) 154.328 mph
30. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 23.344s (-0.548) 154.215 mph
31. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 23.355s (-0.559) 154.143 mph
32. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 23.367s (-0.571) 154.063 mph
33. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 23.369s (-0.573) 154.050 mph
34. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 23.374s (-0.578) 154.017 mph
35. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23.403s (-0.607) 153.826 mph
36. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23.406s (-0.610) 153.807 mph
37. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 23.461s (-0.665) 153.446 mph
38. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 23.463s (-0.667) 153.433 mph
39. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 23.483s (-0.687) 153.302 mph
40. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 23.507s (-0.711) 153.146 mph
41. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 23.512s (-0.716) 153.113 mph
42. #37 Tony Raines Ford 23.535s (-0.739) 152.964 mph
43. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 23.564s (-0.768) 152.775 mph
44. #7 Scott Wimmer Dodge 23.661s (-0.865) 152.149 mph

Practice 1 times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 22.698s (Leader) 158.604 mph
2. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 22.704s (-0.006) 158.562 mph
3. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 22.714s (-0.016) 158.493 mph
4. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 22.758s (-0.060) 158.186 mph
5. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 22.780s (-0.082) 158.033 mph
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 22.832s (-0.134) 157.673 mph
7. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 22.838s (-0.140) 157.632 mph
8. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 22.847s (-0.149) 157.570 mph
9. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 22.851s (-0.153) 157.542 mph
10. #6 David Ragan Ford 22.884s (-0.186) 157.315 mph
11. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 22.942s (-0.244) 156.917 mph
12. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 22.956s (-0.258) 156.822 mph
13. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 22.974s (-0.276) 156.699 mph
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22.977s (-0.279) 156.678 mph
15. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 22.983s (-0.285) 156.637 mph
16. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 22.984s (-0.286) 156.631 mph
17. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 22.986s (-0.288) 156.617 mph
18. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 23.015s (-0.317) 156.420 mph
19. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 23.024s (-0.326) 156.359 mph
20. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 23.071s (-0.373) 156.040 mph
21. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 23.090s (-0.392) 155.912 mph
22. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 23.151s (-0.453) 155.501 mph
23. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 23.161s (-0.463) 155.434 mph
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 23.205s (-0.507) 155.139 mph
25. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 23.205s (-0.507) 155.139 mph
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 23.205s (-0.507) 155.139 mph
27. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 23.245s (-0.547) 154.872 mph
28. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 23.252s (-0.554) 154.825 mph
29. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 23.257s (-0.559) 154.792 mph
30. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 23.272s (-0.574) 154.692 mph
31. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 23.304s (-0.606) 154.480 mph
32. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 23.316s (-0.618) 154.400 mph
33. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 23.327s (-0.629) 154.328 mph
34. #7 Scott Wimmer Dodge 23.341s (-0.643) 154.235 mph
35. #34 David Gilliland Ford 23.346s (-0.648) 154.202 mph
36. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 23.463s (-0.765) 153.433 mph
37. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 23.471s (-0.773) 153.381 mph
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23.492s (-0.794) 153.244 mph
39. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 23.510s (-0.812) 153.126 mph
40. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 23.524s (-0.826) 153.035 mph
41. #37 Tony Raines Ford 23.538s (-0.840) 152.944 mph
42. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 23.560s (-0.862) 152.801 mph
43. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 23.590s (-0.892) 152.607 mph
44. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 23.747s (-1.049) 151.598 mph



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chuck ellsion - Unregistered

October 09, 2011 10:38 PM

Tony Stewart.........I was hoping Nascar racing was going to be a last $$$$ free sport that drivers /owners were not on the take. WTF....40 laps to go .....running second....take four tires (understandable) to mke the finish......another caution u go in for two freaking tires WTF?? then another caution and you slid into the pits for 17TH Bite my fukin ass



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