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Notes: Washout gives Jimmie Johnson Poconos pole

- dscott@charlotteobserver.com
Friday, Jun. 07, 2013

A persistent rain Friday canceled qualifying for Sunday’s Party In The Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway.

That was good news for Chevy-driving Jimmie Johnson, who will start on the pole for the race based on his position as Sprint Cup points leader. He’ll start on the front row alongside Carl Edwards, who is second in points.

“There are a lot of good benefits from starting on the pole, from track position to pit-road picks,” said Johnson. “We’ll take it. It’s one of the benefits (as points leader) when things rain out. So we certainly earned it.”

The rain also washed out all practice sessions at Pocono on Friday. The NASCAR drivers will practice Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ARCA drivers competing in Saturday’s Pocono ARCA 200 will practice at 9 a.m., with the green flag dropping at 1 p.m.

Notes

NATIONWIDE IN IOWA: Regan Smith is the points leader as the Nationwide Series arrives in Iowa for the Dupont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway. With the race being a stand-alone event, Joey Logano is the only Sprint Cup regular who will be in the field.

BLANEY IN ARCA RACE: Ryan Blaney will run in the Michigan ARCA 200 on June 14 at Michigan International Raceway. It’s the first of three ARCA races Blaney is scheduled to run, along with Road American on June 22 and Chicagoland on July 21. Blaney is running in NASCAR’s Truck Series this season for Penske Racing.

TRUCK DEBUT: Chad Hackenbracht, an ARCA driver since 2010, was scheduled to make his Truck debut Friday night at Texas. He will drive in three other races for Kyle Busch Motorsports, including Pocono in August, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in September and Las Vegas in September.

CHANGES AT TRD: David Wilson has been named acting president and general manager at Toyota Racing Development, replacing Lee White, who stepped down earlier this week and will retire at the end of the season.

MARTIN’S FATHER DIES: Gil Martin, Kevin Harvick’s crew chief, isn’t at Pocono this weekend. Martin’s father, Gilford Hicks Martin Sr., died Friday at age 89.

Sunday’s lineup

Lap length: 2.5 miles

St (No.) Driver, Carhow qualified

 1. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevroletowner points

 2. (99) Carl Edwards, Fordowner points

 3. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyotaowner points

 4. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyotaowner points

 5. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevroletowner points

 6. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevroletowner points

 7. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevroletowner points

 8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyotaowner points

 9. (27) Paul Menard, Chevroletowner points

10. (2) Brad Keselowski, Fordowner points

11. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevroletowner points

12. (43) Aric Almirola, Fordowner points

13. (16) Greg Biffle, Fordowner points

14. (55) Mark Martin, Toyotaowner points

15. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyotaowner points

16. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Fordowner points

17. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyotaowner points

18. (51) A J Allmendinger, Chevroletowner points

19. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevroletowner points

20. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevroletowner points

21. (22) Joey Logano, Fordowner points

22. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevroletowner points

23. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevroletowner points

24. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevroletowner points

25. (42) Juan P. Montoya, Chevroletowner points

26. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Fordowner points

27. (13) Casey Mears, Fordowner points

28. (34) David Ragan, Fordowner points

29. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyotaowner points

30. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevroletowner points

31. (38) David Gilliland, Fordowner points

32. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevroletowner points

33. (30) David Stremme, Toyotaowner points

34. (83) David Reutimann, Toyotaowner points

35. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevroletowner points

36. (35) Josh Wise, Fordowner points

37. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevroletattempts

38. (32) Timmy Hill, Fordattempts

39. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyotaattempts

40. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyotaattempts

41. (98) Michael McDowell, Fordattempts

42. (19) Jason Leffler, Toyotaattempts

43. (44) Scott Riggs, Fordattempts

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