Casey Mears will start Saturday night's Bristol NASCAR Sprint Cup race from pole position after qualifying was rained off on Friday afternoon.
The Germain Racing driver had been fastest in the day's first practice session and, according to NASCAR rules, the field is set by the order of each driver's fastest lap during the opening session whenever qualifying is cancelled.
Mears, who will lead a Cup field for only the fourth time in his career, was last on pole position at Chicagoland in 2007 while in his first season driving for Hendrick Motorsports.
Penske's Brad Keselowski, winner of the last two events held at Bristol, will start from the front row beside Mears, while points leader Greg Biffle and Joe Gibbs Racing's Joey Logano, fastest in the second practice, will start from the second row of the grid.
Richard Petty's Aric Almirola was fifth fastest in practice and will line up on the third row of the grid beside Richard Childress Racing's Jeff Burton, who completed a mammoth 121 laps during the first session, more than any other driver.
Among those who will see the green flag wave from deep in the field will be Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson, who was only 41st fastest in the opening session. He will start from 37th on the grid.
Danica Patrick meanwhile endured a tough day at Bristol.
She was slowest in both practice sessions and then spun during her first qualifying lap in the Nationwide series, and will also start from the back of the grid in what will be her Cup Bristol debut for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Pos Driver Team/Car 1. Casey Mears Germain Ford 2. Brad Keselowski Penske Dodge 3. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 4. Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Toyota 5. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 6. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet 7. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 8. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 9. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 10. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 11. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 12. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 13. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 14. Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevrolet 15. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota 16. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 17. Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Ford 18. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 19. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 20. Kurt Busch Phoenix Chevrolet 21. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 22. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 23. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 24. David Ragan Front Row Ford 25. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 26. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 27. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 28. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 29. Sam Hornish Jr Penske Dodge 30. Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 31. David Stremme Inception Toyota 32. Josh Wise Front Row Ford 33. Landon Cassill BK Toyota 34. Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Toyota 35. Scott Riggs R3 Chevrolet 36. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Toyota 37. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 38. Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Chevrolet 39. Jason Leffler Robinson-Blakeney Toyota 40. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 41. Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 42. Ken Schrader FAS Lane Ford 43. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet * Times not applicable due to rain