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Rain washes out Daytona Qualifying

Tony Stewart on pole
Friday, July 03, 2009

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Tony Stewart
An afternoon rain shower is hardly unusual in Florida.

Tony Stewart starting on the pole because of a qualifying rainout is becoming almost as commonplace.

NASCAR canceled Friday's time trials at Daytona International Speedway after a thunderstorm drenched the track, and as a result, the Sprint Cup points leader will start from the top spot because of rain for the third time this season.

With the top 35 cars in the 43-car field for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 set according to owners' points, Stewart will start next to Jeff Gordon, the driver closest to him in the standings. Three-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson rolls off third, with fourth-place Kurt Busch to his outside.

Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Juan Montoya will be credited with the fifth through 12th positions, respectively. Because Biffle was involved in a crash during practice on Thursday and went to a backup car, however, he will start from the rear.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME
1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Burger King N/A N/A
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont N/A N/A
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's N/A N/A
4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite N/A N/A
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway N/A N/A
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office N/A N/A
7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army N/A N/A
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries N/A N/A
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch-Brite N/A N/A
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Global Services N/A N/A
11 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's N/A N/A
12 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target N/A N/A
13 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser N/A N/A
14 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine N/A N/A
15 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper N/A N/A
16 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar N/A N/A
17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A
18 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Clorox / Bush's Beans N/A N/A
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard "Serving America" / Amp Energy N/A N/A
20 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's N/A N/A
21 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot N/A N/A
22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Marathon Saw Blades N/A N/A
23 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools N/A N/A
24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker N/A N/A
25 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 N/A N/A
26 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge U.S. Air Force N/A N/A
27 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Pennzoil Platinum N/A N/A
28 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors N/A N/A
29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts N/A N/A
30 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America N/A N/A
31 6 David Ragan Ford UPS N/A N/A
32 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing N/A N/A
33 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards N/A N/A
34 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Mapei / Menards N/A N/A
35 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell N/A N/A
36 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming N/A N/A
37 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A
38 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports N/A N/A
39 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports N/A N/A
40 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports N/A N/A
41 36 Patrick Carpentier Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing N/A N/A
42 37 Tony Raines Dodge Gander Mountain / Remington N/A N/A
43 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies N/A N/A
Did Not Qualify
44 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO - -
45 64 Mike Wallace Toyota Fred's Hometown Discount Store - -

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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