By Amanda Vincent, NASCAR Correspondent
- Rain washes out qualifying
- Kyle Busch awarded pole position
- Montoya, Kurt Busch start 2nd, 3rd
NASCAR Sprint Cup starting grid is set by practice speeds
After qualifying was rained out on Friday afternoon for the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch was awarded the pole starting position for Saturday night’s race by virtue of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota being the fastest in practice.
Juan Montoya, in the No. 42 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, will join Busch on the front row on Saturday from the second starting position. Kurt Busch will roll his No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge off the starting grid from the third position. Kasey Kahne will start fourth in the No. 4 Red Bull Racing Toyota, and Jimmie Johnson will start his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet from the fifth spot.
Qualifying did get underway before the rains came, but only 22 cars of the 48 that planned attempts were able to make laps before the rain set in. Of those 22 cars, the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota of Brian Vickers sat on the provisional pole when the qualifying session was rained out. The No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Mark Martin was in the other provisional front row starting position.
Instead, Vickers will start in the 27th spot on Saturday, and Martin will roll off 28th.
“It’s a shame qualifying got rained out, but our UPS Ford is fast,” David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, said.
Ragan was not among the drivers who were able to make qualifying runs prior to the rain. He’ll start the Quaker State 400 from the eighth position.
The No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge of Brad Keselowski will start sixth, and Carl Edwards will roll his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford off the starting grid from the seventh spot.
Drivers who won’t be starting the race on Saturday include David Stremme, Michael Waltrip, T.J. Bell, David Starr and Robby Gordon.