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Cup - Martinsville - Starting grid

Rain caused the cancellation of Friday practice and Saturday morning qualifying for the Sprint Cup drivers at Martinsville, forcing the starting grid to be set by owner points.
Rain proved a problem from early on Friday at Martinsville Speedway, leading to the loss of the Friday morning practice session and then most of the afternoon track activities.

Rain persisted into Saturday, leading to the washout of Cup qualifying as well. With no Friday practice running order to fall back on, the starting grid for Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 was set by car owner points instead.

That puts Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth on the front row of the grid ahead of Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart, with all 12 Chase contenders on the front six rows.

As they were unable to make a qualifying run, Dennis Setzer and Derrike Cope did not make the 43-car starting grid.

Starting grid

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
2. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
5. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
8. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge
9. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
10. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
13. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
14. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford
16. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford
17. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
18. #6 David Ragan Ford
19. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet
20. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet
21. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
22. #20 Joey Logano Toyota
23. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
24. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
25. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota
26. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet
27. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
28. #00 David Reutimann Toyota
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
30. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet
31. #34 David Gilliland Ford
32. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
33. #13 Casey Mears Toyota
34. #32 Ken Schrader Ford
35. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford
36. #71 Hermie Sadler Ford
37. #7 Reed Sorenson Dodge
38. #37 Mike Skinner Ford
39. #46 Scott Speed Ford
40. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
42. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet
43. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford

Did Not Qualify

44. #192 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet
45. #175 Derrike Cope Dodge



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The #99 Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team rolls the Aflac Ford back into the garage on Saturday after Coors Light Pole Qualifying was rained out at Martinsville Speedway. Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Carl Edwards will start first in the car on Sunday with the field set by the rule book. [Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Safety workers stand in the garage area during today`s rain delay for practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 28 in Martinsville, Va. [Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Crew members stand by the #83 Red Bull Toyota, driven by Brian Vickers, as rain falls waiting out a rain delayed practice which was cancelled for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 28, 2011 in Martinsville, Va. [Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR]
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Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, talks to Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota Toyota, on the grid during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, leads Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, lead the field onto pit road due to rain during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, celebrates on pit road after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the crew of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet team celebrate in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
(L-R) Team owner Rick Hendrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and crew chief Greg Ives celebrate in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
(L-R) Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and crew chief Greg Ives celebrate in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
(L-R) Amy Reimann celebrates with Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, in victory lane after Earnhardt won the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, leads Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Wurth Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Wurth Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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