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Qualifying rained out, Keselowski will start on pole at Dover

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Qualifying rained out, Keselowski will start on pole at Dover
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Sep 30, 2016, 8:08 PM

Brad Keselowski lacks a win in the Chase so far but he’ll start in the best position possible to earn one in Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

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Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford
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The Chase for the Sprint Cup field of drivers: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford, Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing, Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford, Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Carl Edwards, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Chris Buescher, Front Row Motorsports Ford, Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota, Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

Due to persistent rain Friday morning in the Dover area, NASCAR officials canceled Sprint Cup Series qualifying and the starting lineup for Sunday’s race was set by the rulebook for the second time in three Chase races.

Once again, all 16 drivers competing for the championship – and hoping to stave off elimination following the race at Dover – will start up front with current series points leader Keselowski starting on the pole.

"Certainly still something to be proud of, to be this far into the season and be in the points lead," said Keselowski. Just one of the perks ... We'll take it."

Keselowski has had a consistent Chase, finishing fifth at Chicagoland and fourth at New Hampshire, with help from several late-race restarts. He and Logano are looking for the extra boost of speed that will push them into Victory Lane in the coming weeks.

“We’re resilient,” Logano said. “We just need to start a little bit faster. We almost got a top 10 (last week) out of something that we ran around 20th all day, so at least we got something out of it. We just need to go faster than that.”

Martin Truex Jr., who is also locked into the second round thanks to his win at Chicagoland, will start alongside Keselowski.

Kyle Busch will lines up third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Joey Logano fifth.

Kevin Harvick, who locked himself into the second round with a win last weekend at New Hampshire, will start sixth.

The rest of the Chase drivers: Denny Hamlin (seventh), Jimmie Johnson (eighth), Carl Edwards (ninth), Chase Elliott (10th), Kurt Busch (11th), Kyle Larson (12th), Austin Dillon (13th), Jamie McMurray (14th), Tony Stewart (15th) and Chris Buescher (16th).

The four Chase drivers lowest in the series standings with a win after Dover are eliminated from further title contention.

Cla#DriverManufacturer
1 2  Brad Keselowski  Ford
2 78  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota
3 18  Kyle Busch  Toyota
4 20  Matt Kenseth  Toyota
5 22  Joey Logano  Ford
6 4  Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet
7 11  Denny Hamlin  Toyota
8 48  Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet
9 24  Chase Elliott  Chevrolet
10 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Dover II
Location Dover International Speedway
Author Jim Utter