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Rain hands Piquet ARCA pole

Nelson Piquet Jr will start his second ARCA event from pole position after qualifying was cancelled due to rain at Texas Motor Speedway.

As in NASCAR, grids are set based on the owner standings from the previous year for the first few races, which means the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota of Piquet, which won the title in 2009 with Justin Lofton, will see the green flag wave from pole.

"We're just lucky to be in the championship-winning car," said Piquet. "Hopefully, starting up front will allow us to lead some laps and run in the clean air."

Piquet had ran well in practice, setting the ninth fastest time of the session among the 38-car field, in what is being his first experience of an intermediate mile and a half oval.

Truck Series regular Chad McCumbee will start beside Piquet on the front row, while nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel will share the second row of the grid with Justin Marks.

The Rattlesnake 150 takes place on Friday night.

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