Dover Sprint Cup Qualifying Rained Out Jimmie Johnson and AJ Allmendinger will start up front for Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.
NASCAR's new rainout qualifying procedure was put to use for the first time ever on Saturday, after persistent rains washed out the Sprint Cup Series qualifying session. The lineup was set based on practice speeds from Friday's two sessions (in the past, rained-out qualifying meant a field set by points).
Jimmie Johnson will start from the No. 1 spot – although it doesn't count as an "official" pole in the record books – and AJ Allmendinger, who has been strong at Dover but never won a NASCAR race, is the No. 2 starter.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano round out the top five.
Though the starting field was set via practice speeds, the rulebook determined which drivers qualified for the race. Scott Riggs, whose No. 81 team had no owner points, was sent home.
2011 NASCAR Dover starting lineup for Sunday's FedEx 400:
1. Jimmie Johnson 2. AJ Allmendinger 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4. Kasey Kahne 5. Joey Logano 6. Kurt Busch 7. Kyle Busch 8. Martin Truex Jr. 9. Brad Keselowski 10. Kevin Harvick 11. Regan Smith 12. Greg Biffle 13. Carl Edwards 14. David Ragan 15. Brian Vickers 16. Jeff Burton 17. David Reutimann 18. Marcos Ambrose 19. Juan Pablo Montoya 20. Paul Menard 21. Jeff Gordon 22. Clint Bowyer 23. Bobby Labonte 24. Matt Kenseth 25. Mark Martin 26. Denny Hamlin 27. Tony Stewart 28. Ryan Newman 29. David Gilliland 30. Casey Mears 31. Jamie McMurray 32. Landon Cassill 33. Mike Bliss 34. Scott Wimmer 35. Dave Blaney 36. Michael McDowell 37. Andy Lally 38. JJ Yeley 39. Mike Skinner 40. David Stremme 41. Travis Kvapil 42. Joe Nemechek 43. Tony Raines
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