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Johnson on Dega pole as rain washes out qualifying

Hendrick teammates 1-2
Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Even mother nature makes things right for Jimmie Johnson
With the qualifying session for Sunday's AMP Energy 500 canceled because of rain, Mark Martin will start on the outside of the front row beside Sprint Cup points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson.

NASCAR's qualifying rainout rules stipulate that the top 35 positions are set according to owners' points. Consequently, the 12 drivers in the Chase will start from the top 12 spots, with the exception of Kasey Kahne, who will drop to the rear of the field in his No. 9 Dodge because of an engine change.

"This is the most relaxed I've been going into Talladega in the last 10 years," said Martin, whose crash five laps into the April race at the 2.66-mile restrictor-plate superspeedway is emblematic of the struggles he's had there. "I just really feel good. I feel like this is going to be our lucky day."

The forecast for Sunday is for sunny skies with a high in the upper 60s.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's N/A N/A N/A
2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest N/A N/A N/A
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont N/A N/A N/A
4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice N/A N/A N/A
5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target N/A N/A N/A
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite N/A N/A N/A
7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army N/A N/A N/A
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete N/A N/A N/A
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express N/A N/A N/A
10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway N/A N/A N/A
11 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser N/A N/A N/A
12 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's N/A N/A N/A
14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt N/A N/A N/A
15 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T N/A N/A N/A
16 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine N/A N/A N/A
17 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Little Debbie N/A N/A N/A
18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar N/A N/A N/A
19 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's N/A N/A N/A
20 20 Joey Logano* Toyota Home Depot N/A N/A N/A
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil N/A N/A N/A
22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Marathon Saw Blades N/A N/A N/A
23 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker N/A N/A N/A
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy "Get on the 88" / National Guard N/A N/A N/A
25 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Best Buy N/A N/A N/A
26 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley N/A N/A N/A
27 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 N/A N/A N/A
28 6 David Ragan Ford UPS N/A N/A N/A
29 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Liberty Medical N/A N/A N/A
30 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing N/A N/A N/A
31 96 Erik Darnell Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors N/A N/A N/A
32 98 Paul Menard Ford Zecol / Menards N/A N/A N/A
33 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts N/A N/A N/A
34 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam N/A N/A N/A
35 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World N/A N/A N/A
36 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming N/A N/A N/A
37 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com N/A N/A N/A
38 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
39 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
40 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
41 36 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota Mahindra Tractors N/A N/A N/A
42 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO N/A N/A N/A
43 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies N/A N/A N/A

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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