Qualifying washout puts Casey Mears on pole at Bristol

Mears, behind Juan Pablo Montoya and Kurt Busch during practice at Bristol

Casey Mears will start Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway from pole position after rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying.

After two sun-bathed practice sessions, rain began to fall less than an hour before qualifying was due to start. While NASCAR’s jet dryers were soon on the circuit, conditions subsequently worsened, leaving the venue soaked.

The session was cancelled after 90 minutes of waiting, with Mears awarded the pole based on his fastest time from the first of today’s two practice sessions.

“It’s exciting for us – I think it’s gonna be good,” said Mears.

“Obviously, starting up front at Bristol period is always a good thing. Like I said, I think it’s exciting for our team to be able to have this opportunity to have the first pit selection starting up towards the front.

“It gives us a big head start from where we’ve been in the past.”

Brad Keselowski will share the front row with Mears while Greg Biffle and Joey Logano set to start on row two.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start from ninth, while Danica Patrick took the 43rd and final spot on the grid.

Qualifying : IRWIN Tools Night Race – Bristol Motor Speedway









1 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO N/A N/A N/A
2 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite N/A N/A N/A
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Bondo N/A N/A N/A
4 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General N/A N/A N/A
5 43 Aric Almirola Ford Goody’s Headache Powders N/A N/A N/A
6 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar N/A N/A N/A
7 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Schrock N/A N/A N/A
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground N/A N/A N/A
9 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT N/A N/A N/A
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s N/A N/A N/A
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet FarmVille / Drive to End Hunger N/A N/A N/A
12 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com N/A N/A N/A
13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem N/A N/A N/A
14 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American N/A N/A N/A
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts N/A N/A N/A
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard N/A N/A N/A
17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Valvoline NextGen N/A N/A N/A
18 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell N/A N/A N/A
19 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Outback Steak House N/A N/A N/A
20 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction N/A N/A N/A
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot N/A N/A N/A
22 55 Brian Vickers Toyota MyClassicGarage.com N/A N/A N/A
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy N/A N/A N/A
24 34 David Ragan Ford Glory Foods N/A N/A N/A
25 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap N/A N/A N/A
26 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Allstate N/A N/A N/A
27 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal N/A N/A N/A
28 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target N/A N/A N/A
29 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil N/A N/A N/A
30 98 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records N/A N/A N/A
31 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
32 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport N/A N/A N/A
33 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper N/A N/A N/A
34 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical N/A N/A N/A
35 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe N/A N/A N/A
36 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans N/A N/A N/A
37 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com N/A N/A N/A
37 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Dover White N/A N/A N/A
39 249 Jason Leffler Toyota America Israel Racing N/A N/A N/A
40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM-FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves / AC General N/A N/A N/A
41 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper N/A N/A N/A
42 195 Scott Speed Ford JTS N/A N/A N/A
42 32 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts N/A N/A N/A
43 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com N/A N/A N/A

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie


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