Jimmie Johnson wins pole as Pocono Qualifying is rained out

Qualifying would be rained out at Pocono Raceway with a steady rain throughout the day, causing the field to be set by owner’s points.

As a result, Jimmie Johnson would get the pole and will lead the field to the Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway.

“There are a lot of good benefits from starting on the pole, from track position to pit road picks,” Johnson said. “We’ll take it. The great season that we’ve had so far and the quick start, it’s nice to have that. It’s one of the benefits (as the point leader) when things rain out. So we certainly earned this first starting spot, and we’ll try to take advantage of it on Sunday.”


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Johnson has two wins, nine top fives and 15 top 10s in 22 starts on the tricky triangle.

Carl Edwards would get second, followed by Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start sixth, followed by Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Brad Keselowski.

Denny Hamlin, who is trying to make the chase after missing some races this year and has been strong in the past, will start 17th. Last week’s race winner Tony Stewart will start from the 19th position.

Teams will get a chance to work on their cars tomorrow afternoon before the race on Sunday.


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