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Sprint Cup qualifying rained out: Johnson on pole

By: Adam Niemeyer

Cincinnati (FOX19)—NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Saturday was rained out giving Jimmie Johnson the pole for Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.

A.J. Allmendinger, who visited Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday, will start second and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start third. Kasey Kahne will start fourth and Joey Logano, who turns 21 in 10 days, will start fifth.

This is the first time that qualifying has been rained out under NASCAR's new point system, which changed the way the field is set in case of rain canceling qualifying before the race.

Under NASCAR's old system, the field would be set by the owner's standings. Under the new NASCAR system, qualifying order is determined by speeds in the practice sessions before qualifying, and if qualifying is rained out, the field is set according to those practice speeds.

Allmendinger realizes that any weekend could be the weekend that he cracks into Victory Lane for the first time.

After running second in practice yesterday to Johnson, who has won three of the last four Dover races, Allmendinger has got to be excited about his chances to win.

"Are we there yet? No, but that's what makes it exciting getting to the racetrack every week," he said on Wednesday. "Because each weekend could be that weekend, that breakout race to where we run in the top-5, to where we win."

"Dover [is] one of my best racetracks to go to," he continued. "I'm pumped up about it. I don't want to get overly excited because I know there's still a lot of stuff that we have to work on to be better."

The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks is on FOX19 on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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