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Rain cancels NASCAR qualifying at Dover

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Saturday, May. 14, 2011

DOVER, Del. – Heavy rain has washed out NASCAR qualifying in two series on Saturday.

It's the first time this season that Sprint Cup qualifying has been canceled. It's the second week in a row that Nationwide Series qualifying has been a casualty of foul weather.

Under the new Cup rules put into effect this season, five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson will start Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway from the pole in Sunday’s race, based on posting the top speed in Friday’s two practice sessions.

AJ Allmendinger will start second, Dale Earnhardt Jr. third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Joey Logano fifth. Series points leader Carl Edwards will line up 13th.

"I’m looking forward to another great weekend and I would love to hopefully get a win and get some more points. I’d love to be leading the points right now," Johnson said.

"We've been stuck in second here for a few weeks. The No. 99 (Carl Edwards) pulled out a little bit on us last weekend. I’d love to close that up and fight for that top spot.”

Carl Edwards will start the Nationwide race from the pole as that field was set by rules and owner points.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. lines up second, Clint Bowyer third and Justin Allgaier fourth. Kevin Swindell, subbing for Trevor Bayne, will start fifth.

Scattered storms are forecast for the Dover area through Monday.

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