NASCAR Pocono: Jimmie Johnson handed pole as qualifying rained off

Jimmie Johnson will start Sunday's Pocono NASCAR Sprint Cup race from pole position after qualifying was rained off on Friday afternoon

NASCAR Pocono: Jimmie Johnson handed pole as qualifying rained off

Heavy showers associated with Tropical Storm Andrea drenched the tri-oval circuit throughout most of the day, causing practice and qualifying to be cancelled, so drivers will start in the order of the current owners' standings.

It therefore means that Carl Edwards will share the front row alongside points leader Johnson, with Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth occupying the second row.

Fifth goes to Kevin Harvick, while Hendrick team-mates Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kasey Kahne will start in sixth and seventh position respectively.

Kyle Busch's good run of form in the early rounds of the season have contributed towards his eighth place, and Paul Menard and reigning champion Brad Keselowski round off the top 10.

The abandonment of any Friday running has also brought an end to Denny Hamlin's recent qualifying form and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will start in 17th place.

Rain has been a regular feature at Pocono in the past, with a downpour curtailing last year's race, won by Jeff Gordon.

Early indications are, however, that it should be remain dry for the remainder of the weekend, allowing all 43 entrants to participate in two hour-long practice sessions on Saturday.


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

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