Saturday, October 29, 2011

Carl Edwards on pole for Martinsville after Cup qualifying rained out

The No. 99 team of Carl Edwards rolls the Aflac Ford back into the garage on Saturday after Sprint Cup qualifying was rained out at Martinsville Speedway. Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR
Due to inclement weather, Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Martinsville Speedway was canceled Saturday. Per the NASCAR rulebook, the field for Sunday's TUMS Fast Relief 500 will be set by owner points.

This means the Chase contenders will start up front, with points leader Carl Edwards on the pole and Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth starting second. The rain worked in the Roushkateers' favor: Edwards' previous best qualifying effort at the 0.526-mile short track was seventh, while Kenseth's was 14th.

Once the track was dry, the Sprint Cup Series was able to get in final practice at noon, which was postponed from 8:30 a.m. this morning.

The TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville will be broadcast on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

The following is the starting lineup for Sunday's race:

1. Carl Edwards
2. Matt Kenseth
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Tony Stewart
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Kyle Busch
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Kurt Busch
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10. Jeff Gordon
11. Denny Hamlin
12. Ryan Newman
13. Clint Bowyer
14. Kasey Kahne
15. Greg Biffle
16. A.J. Allmendinger
17. Marcos Ambrose
18. David Ragan
19. Mark Martin
20. Juan Montoya
21. Paul Menard
22. Joey Logano
23. Jeff Burton
24. Martin Truex Jr.
25. Brian Vickers
26. Regan Smith
27. Jamie McMurray
28. David Reutimann
29. Bobby Labonte
30. Landon Cassill
31. David Gilliland
32. Dave Blaney
33. Casey Mears
34. Ken Schrader
35. Travis Kvapil
36. Hermie Sadler
37. Reed Sorenson
38. Mike Skinner
39. Scott Speed
40. Michael McDowell
41. Joe Nemechek
42. David Stremme
43. J.J. Yeley

Did Not Qualify:
Dennis Setzer
Derrike Cope


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