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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]
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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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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finished in 26th position and Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Chevrolet SS finished in 13th position Sunday, October 19, 2014 in the final Contender 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Gordon, who was in the Chase, advances to the Eliminator 8 phase of the Chase which begins next week at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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The crew of Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, leads the field near the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, races Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates with an American flag after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth at Watkins Glen. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota, poses after winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tyler Reddick in the #19 Brad Keselowski Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. (Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR)

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