Heavy rains poured down on Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon, cancelling NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race at the track. As a result, the starting grid was set based on Friday morning practice speeds.
After posting the fastest lap in the first practice on Friday, Casey Mears will start on the pole come Saturday night.
“It’s exciting,” Mears said of getting the pole “I think for our team, Germain Racing, it’s been a long couple of years. It’s been good, but the team has really grown in strides and we’ve made a lot of big improvements this year.”
He’ll be joined on the front row by Brad Keselowski.
“You know, Bristol is always about track position, but I have had cars here in the past where you could pass and get your way up to the front,” Keselowski said. “I’m not going to complain either way. I’m just happy to have a fast race car, and I think the Miller Lite Dodge is another fast race car coming to Bristol.”
Keselowski has won the two most recent Sprint Cup events at the track.
Starting third and fourth will be Greg Biffle and Joey Logano. Aric Almirola will start fifth and Jeff Burton sixth to make up row three on the starting grid.
Forty-seven cars were on the entry list with plans to attempt to qualify for 43 starting positions. Drivers who were shut out by the rain and will not race on Saturday include Joe Nemechek, Jason Leffler, Stephen Leicht and J.J. Yeley.
After some issues in practice, Danica Patrick was slowest in the Firday morning practice session, but by virtue of her No. 10 Tommy Baldwin Racing entry being in the top-35 in car owner points, Patrick will race on Saturday.
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