Rain at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Friday has cancelled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for Sunday’s Party at the Poconos 400 at the track. As a result, the starting grid for the race will be set based on car owner points, putting Jimmie Johnson on the pole. He’ll share the front row with Carl Edwards.
“I think the way we ran here last year especially with the repave, our cars had a lot of speed in them,” Johnson said prior to the cancellation of qualifying. “I’m excited to come back and see what we have. We’re setting up in the summer stretch right now and I think that this weekend will kind of play into what we have at the Brickyard 400 here before long. All in all, I’m excited to be here. I think our car has been fast, I think we’ve been good on pit road and I enjoy the summer months. That is right around the corner and looking forward to hot, slick race tracks. Although, it’s not hot and slick right now, we need boats, but at some point we’ll get there.”
The rain didn’t send any drivers home without a race starting spot, as only 43 cars were on hand, planning to make qualifying attempts. Below, is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race: