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Pocono: Cup starting grid

A Friday washout means that the starting grid for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be set by car owner points, putting Jimmie Johnson on pole.
Jimmie Johnson will start from pole position for Sunday afternoon's Party in the Poconos 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, after a wash-out on Friday meant that no qualifying could take place.

As per NASCAR rule book that means the grid is set by owner points. With only 43 cars competing in Pocono, Pennsylvania this weekend no one misses out on the grid by being unable to set times laps.

“There are a lot of good benefits from starting on the pole, from track position to pit road picks,” said Johnson. “We'll take it.

"The great season that we've had so far and the quick start, it's nice to have that. It's one of the benefits [of being points leader] when things rain out. So we certainly earned this first starting spot, and we'll try to take advantage of it on Sunday."

The 90-minute practice session was also lost to the weather. There are two one-hour practice sessions scheduled for Saturday with the weather looking significantly better for the area.

Starting grid

Row 1
1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 1st
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 2013 Owner Points - 2nd

Row 2
3. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 2013 Owner Points - 3rd
4. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 2013 Owner Points - 4th

Row 3
5. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 5th
6. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 6th

Row 4
7. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 7th
8. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 2013 Owner Points - 8th

Row 5
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 9th
10. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2013 Owner Points - 10th

Row 6
11. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 11th
12. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 2013 Owner Points - 12th

Row 7
13. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 2013 Owner Points - 13th
14. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 2013 Owner Points - 14th

Row 8
15. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 2013 Owner Points -15th
16. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford 2013 Owner Points -16th

Row 9
17. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 2013 Owner Points - 17th
18. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 18th

Row 10
19. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points -19th
20. #78 Kurt Busch Chev 2013 Owner Points - 20th

Row 11
21. #22 Joey Logano Ford 2013 Owner Points - 21st
22. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 22nd

Row 12
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points -23rd
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 24th

Row 13
25. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 25th
26. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 2013 Owner Points - 26th

Row 14
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 2013 Owner Points - 27th
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 2013 Owner Points - 28th

Row 15
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 2013 Owner Points - 29th
30. #10 Danica Patrick * Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 30th

Row 16
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 2013 Owner Points - 31st
32. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 32nd

Row 17
33. #30 David Stremme Toyota 2013 Owner Points - 33rd
34. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 2013 Owner Points - 34th

Row 18
35. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points - 35th
36. #35 Josh Wise Ford 2013 Owner Points - 36th

Row 19
37. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 13 Owner Attempts - 37th
38. #32 Timmy Hill * Ford 13 Owner Attempts - 38th

Row 20
39. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 13 Owner Attempts - 39th
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 13 Owner Attempts - 40th

Row 21
41. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 12 Owner Attempts - 42nd
42. #19 Jason Leffler Toyota 12 Owner Attempts - 44th

Row 22
43. #44 Scott Riggs Ford 6 Owner Attempts - 46th

* denotes Cup rookie status



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