NSCS: Jimmie Johnson On Pole, Qualifying Cancelled At Dover


By: Kyle Brandt – Contributing Writer

As a band of showers blew through the Dover, Delaware area on Saturday morning, qualifying for Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks has been cancelled. For the first time in the Sprint Cup Series, the starting lineup was determined by speeds in Friday’s opening practice session at Dover.

Jimmie Johnson, who won the last race at Dover in September, was fastest in opening practice and will start from the pole on Sunday. Sunday’s excellent starting position puts the defending five-time champion in a great spot to win at a track that he has dominated in the past.

Johnson will share the front row for Sunday’s race with former open-wheel star, AJ Allmendinger, who had a strong car at Dover in September and led a portion of the race before settling with a 10th place finish.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the third spot when the green flag waves on Sunday afternoon as he looks to get his season back on track after disappointing finishes at Richmond and Darlington.

Joining Earnhardt on the second row will be Red Bull Racing driver, Kasey Kahne, who is riding a recent wave of momentum after winning the pole at Darlington and finishing fourth.

The top-five is rounded out by Joey Logano and Kurt Busch, who have both struggled a majority of the season and are in need of strong runs in Dover.

Coverage of the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks will kick off at 1pm/ET on FOX, and can also be listened to on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio 90.


Kyle Brandt is a contributing writer for RubbingsRacing.com and can be followed on Twitter for the latest NASCAR news and information: @Kyle_Brandt.

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About Kyle Brandt

Kyle Brandt is a co-owner and the Managing Editor at Rubbings Racing. He can be followed on Twitter (@kbrandtMRS) for the latest motorsports updates and information.

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