Friday, March 8, 2013

NNS Pole Report: Vickers to pace field after Vegas qualifying canceled

Due to a rainout, Brian Vickers will start on the pole for Saturday's Sam's Town 300
Nationwide race at Las Vegas. Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images for NASCAR

Due to persistent rain, NASCAR canceled all track activity Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Since Nationwide drivers were unable to practice Friday, NASCAR scrapped Saturday's qualifying session so the series drivers can get in practice time.

The starting lineup for the Sam's Town 300 is set by the NASCAR rulebook, which means the 2012 owner points determine the first 36 spots, with last four determined by attempts to qualify this year.

This puts Brian Vickers on the pole and Trevor Bayne on the outside pole. Rounding out the top 5 are Brian Scott, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon.

Nationwide practice will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET on SPEED. The Sam's Club 300 remains at 4 p.m. ET as originally scheduled on ESPN2. Green flag is set for 4:31 p.m.

Starting lineup:

1. Brian Vickers
2. Trevor Bayne
3. Brian Scott
4. Austin Dillon
5. Ty Dillon
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Sam Hornish Jr.
8. Parker Kligerman
9. Reed Sorenson
10. Justin Allgaier
11. Nelson Piquet Jr.
12. Regan Smith
13. Kyle Larson         
14. Hal Martin
15. Elliott Sadler
16. Joe Nemechek
17. Brad Sweet
18. Alex Bowman
19. Mike Wallace
20. Mike Bliss
21. Ryan Sieg
22. Blake Koch
23. Kyle Busch
24. Eric McClure
25. Daryl Harr
26. Josh Wise
27. Johanna Long
28. Jason White
29. Robert Richardson
30. Juan Carlos Blum
31. Travis Pastrana
32. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
33. Jeff Green
34. Jeffrey Earnhardt
35. Mike Harmon
36. Jamie Dick
37. Dexter Stacey
38. Joey Gase
39. J.J. Yeley
40. Scott Lagasse Jr.

Did not qualify: Chase Miller, Brendan Gaughan and Kevin Swindell

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