Johnson on pole at wet Dover

Jimmie Johnson will start on pole at Dover

Defending five-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will start on pole for FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.

Qualifying was washed out and so the grid was determined for the first time by the quickest times from practice. Prior to the 2011 season the starting line-up would have been determined by championship positions.

“This new system definitely requires some thinking beforehand,” said Johnson.

“Coming into the race weekend and paying close attention to the weather. We elected to start in race trim [Friday] and the first run on track was really strong. So when we saw that speed and the threat of weather, we at that point switched into qualifying trim and worked really hard to outrun [AJ Allmendinger], who put up a huge lap time.”

The new rule also benefited Australia’s Marcos Ambrose who will start from 18th.

Scott Riggs, attempting to make his second start this season in a second Chevrolet fielded by Whitney Motorsports, was disappointed after turning a speed in practice that should have earned him the 39th position. Since the team has only one 2011 race attempt, Riggs’ was the only car sent home.

The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International gets underway at 3am tomorrow morning Australian (Eastern Standard) Time.

STARTING LINE-UP: LFedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks : Dover International

1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
2 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy Sugar Free / National Guard
4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull
5 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
6 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil
7 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
8 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
9 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite
10 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser
11 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies
12 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
13 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
14 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics”
15 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
16 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
17 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
18 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt
19 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
20 Paul Menard Chevrolet CertainTeed / Menards
21 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
22 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T
23 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford / Bush’s Beans
24 Matt Kenseth Ford Wiley X Sunglasses
25 Mark Martin Chevrolet
26 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground / AutismSpeaks .org
27 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot
28 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation
29 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell
30 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO
31 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
32 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit
33 Mike Bliss Ford U.S. Chrome
34 Scott Wimmer Dodge Fast Five / Speed Energy
35 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral
36 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC
37 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services
38 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Red Line Oil
39 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red
40 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports
41 Travis Kvapil Ford A&W All American Food
42 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
43 Tony Raines Ford Front Row Motorsports
DNQ Scott Riggs Chevrolet Whitney Motorsports

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