Las Vegas NASCAR: Brad Keselowski gets pole thanks to rain

NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was cancelled due to persistent rain on Friday, giving pole to champion Brad Keselowski

Las Vegas NASCAR: Brad Keselowski gets pole thanks to rain

The top 36 starting positions for this event are set on 2012 owners' points, meaning Penske driver Keselowski will share the front row on Sunday with last year's runner-up Clint Bowyer in the Michael Waltrip Toyota.

Hendrick pair Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne fill row two. Johnson is the current championship leader.

With positions set on owners' rather than drivers' results, Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets seventh on the grid via the points his Roush Fenway predecessor Matt Kenseth earned last year.

Kenseth, now in the ex-Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing #20, will be 18th on the grid.

Positions 37 to 43 are decided by current owners' standings, leaving Humphrey Smith Racing's Mike Bliss as the sole non-qualifier.

The Friday rain also meant practice was called off. But with a test having taken place at the venue on Thursday and two more practice sessions scheduled for Saturday, the loss of Friday mileage is unlikely to inconvenience the paddock.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car
 1.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford
 2.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota
 3.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet
 4.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet
 5.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford
 6.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota
 7.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford
 8.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet
 9.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
10.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet
11.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota
12.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet
13.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota
14.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
15.  Mark Martin         Waltrip Toyota
16.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford
17.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet
18.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota
19.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford
20.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet
21.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford
22.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford
23.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet
24.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet
25.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet
26.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota
27.  Austin Dillon       Phoenix Chevrolet
28.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota
29.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford
30.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford
31.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford
32.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota
33.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet
34.  Ken Schrader        FAS Lane Ford
35.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet
36.  Trevor Bayne        Wood Brothers Ford
37.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
38.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota
39.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford
40.  Scott Speed         Leavine Ford
41.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet
42.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota
43.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford

Did not qualify:

     Mike Bliss          Humphrey Smith Toyota
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