Rain gives Harvick pole at Martinsville
|By Diego Mejia||Friday, March 26th 2010, 21:28 GMT|
Points leader Kevin Harvick will start from pole in Sunday's Sprint Cup series race at Martinsville after rain forced qualifying to be cancelled.
The Richard Childress Racing driver will share the front row of the grid with Roush Fenway's Matt Kenseth, which will be their best ever starting spots for a Cup event at NASCAR's shortest and slowest venue.
The starting grid for the sixth race of the season was determined according to the owner standings, which almost mirrors the drivers' championship.
Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson, who has won five of the last seven races at Martinsville, will start from the inside of the second row of the grid, alongside Kenseth's team-mate Greg Biffle.
Stewart Haas's Ryan Newman had been quickest in practice ahead of Hendrick's Mark Martin, while JTG Daugherty's Marcos Ambrose had been third and fastest among the Toyotas. However they will only start 26th, 16th and 31st, given their current rank in the owner standings.
Johnny Sauter, Terry Cook and Casey Mears won't be able to take part in Sunday's race after the cancellation of qualifying gave them no opportunity to qualify for the race.
Although the weather forecast looks promising for Saturday's practice sessions, there is currently a 70 per cent chance of afternoon showers on Sunday.
Pos Driver Car 1. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2. Matt Kenseth Ford 3. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 4. Greg Biffle Ford 5. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 6. Kurt Busch Dodge 7. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 9. Paul Menard Ford 10. Kyle Busch Toyota 11. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 12. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 13. Carl Edwards Ford 14. Brian Vickers Toyota 15. Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 16. Mark Martin Chevrolet 17. Joey Logano Toyota 18. Scott Speed Toyota 19. Denny Hamlin Toyota 20. Martin Truex Jr Toyota 21. A.J. Allmendinger Ford 22. Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23. Kasey Kahne Ford 24. David Reutimann Toyota 25. Elliott Sadler Ford 26. Ryan Newman Chevrolet 27. David Ragan Ford 28. Regan Smith Chevrolet 29. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 30. Brad Keselowski Dodge 31. Marcos Ambrose Toyota 32. Kevin Conway Ford 33. Sam Hornish Jr Dodge 34. Travis Kvapil Ford 35. David Gilliland Ford 36. David Stremme Ford 37. Aric Almirola Chevrolet 38. Robby Gordon Toyota 39. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 40. Max Papis Toyota 41. Michael McDowell Toyota 42. Dave Blaney Toyota 43. Joe Nemechek Toyota