Heavy rain cancels Dover qualifying
Matt Kenseth will start from pole position at Dover without even turning a wheel as all of Friday’s track activities were cancelled due to weather.
The starting positions are set on championship positions.
A massive storm cell that is part of Hurricane Joaquin in the Atlantic Ocean has thrown all US sport on the eastern seaboard into chaos as rain lashed Dover International Speedway.
With all but two events in the NASCAR schedule running on oval tracks, any rain means that no running can take place. With conditions set-in for the coming days a real possibility is that the race could be further postponed. Some suggesting is that it could run after next week’s event at Charlotte.
This would have major implications on the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as the bottom four drivers in the top-16 in points were to be eliminated after the first three races of what is known as the ‘Challenger Round’. Amongst those is defending champion Kevin Harvick.
The NASCAR rule book states that four drivers will be eliminated from the postseason after the 29th race of the season. If Dover were to get postponed, and if the scheduled October 10 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway takes place as scheduled, then the Charlotte event would be the 29th race of the season and therefore act as the final race of the Challenger Round.
STARTING LINE-UP: AAA 400 – Dover International Speedway
|1||20||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Dollar General|
|2||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Office|
|4||22||Joey Logano||Ford||Shell Pennzoil|
|6||31||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||Quicken Loans|
|7||41||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Haas Automation|
|9||78||Martin Truex Jr||Chevrolet||Furniture Row/Visser Precision|
|10||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||AARP MEMBER ADVANTAGES|
|11||1||Jamie McMurray||Chevrolet||Nature Made|
|12||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Chevrolet||NATIONWIDE Plenti|
|13||18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Interstate Batteries|
|14||27||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Knauf / Menards|
|15||4||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Budweiser / Jimmy John’s|
|16||15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||5-Hour Energy|
|18||43||Aric Almirola||Ford||Nathans Famous|
|19||42||Kyle Larson||Chevrolet||Target Plaid|
|20||16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Ortho Ford Fusion|
|22||13||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS|
|23||47||AJ Allmendinger||Chevrolet||Hungry Jack|
|25||14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops|
|26||9||Sam Hornish Jr||Ford||SlimFast|
|27||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Ford||Fastenal Ford Fusion|
|28||55||David Ragan||Toyota||Aaron’s Online Dream Machine|
|29||6||Trevor Bayne||Ford||Advocare Ford Fusion|
|30||51||Justin Allgaier||Chevrolet||Fraternal Order of Eagles|
|31||35||Cole Whitt||Ford||Dockside/Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters|
|32||38||David Gilliland||Ford||MDS Transportation|
|33||40||Landon Cassill||Chevrolet||CRC Brakleeh|
|34||34||Brett Moffitt||Ford||CSX Play It Safe|
|35||7||Alex Bowman||Chevrolet||Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet|
|38||46||Michael Annett||Chevrolet||Pilot Flying J|
|39||23||Jeb Burton||Toyota||Dr. Pepper/Estes|
|40||98||Reed Sorenson||Ford||Premium Motorsports|
|41||32||Josh Wise||Ford||SCHWARZE SWEEPERS/CORVETTEPARTS.NET|
|42||26||J.J. Yeley||Toyota||Maxim Fantasy|
|43||62||Timmy Hill||Chevrolet||Premium Motorsports|