Friday, March 8, 2013

NSCS Pole Report: Keselowski on Las Vegas pole after qualifying washed out

Brad Keselowski will start on the pole for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas.Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images

Rained washed out Friday's qualifying session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time in the track's history. As a result, qualifying for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 was set by the NASCAR rulebook. This means the top 36 are determined by 2012 owners’ points and the remainder of the field by owners’ points or qualifying attempts this season.

Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, will start on the pole, with Clint Bowyer second. Rounding out the  top 5 are Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle.

The Kobalt Tools 400 will air live at 3 p.m. ET on FOX. Green flag is scheduled for 3:16 p.m.

Starting lineup:

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

Did not qualify: Mike Bliss


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