NASCAR Las Vegas 2013: Rain cancels Cup qualifying, field set by owner points

Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski given pole position.

Rain canceled NASCAR qualifying Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the lineup for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 will be set primarily by 2012 owner points.

The rainout gives defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski the pole and he will start alongside Clint Bowyer, who finished second overall a year ago.

"It's a really good deal," Keselowski said. "I guess that's one of the perks being the champion in the first few races. This is the first time I've ever had decent starting position from a rainout."

Per the NASCAR rule book, the first 36 positions were set using car owner points from 2012 with the remainder of the field to be filled out by 2013 owner points and then by the number of qualifying attempts this season.

Mike Bliss was the only driver who failed to make the race.

Carl Edwards, who snapped a 70-race winless streak a week ago in Phoenix, will roll off the grid 16th.

1) Brad Keselowski
2) Clint Bowyer
3) Jimmie Johnson
4) Kasey Kahne
5) Greg Biffle
6) Denny Hamlin
7) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
8) Kevin Harvick
9) Tony Stewart
10) Jeff Gordon
11) Martin Truex Jr.
12) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
13) Kyle Busch
14) Ryan Newman
15) Mark Martin
16) Carl Edwards
17) Paul Menard
18) Matt Kenseth
19) Marcos Ambrose
20) Jeff Burton
21) Joey Logano
22) Aric Almirola
23) Jamie McMurray
24) Kurt Busch
25) Juan Pablo Montoya
26) Bobby Labonte
27) Austin Dillon
28) Travis Kvapil
29) David Ragan
30) Casey Mears
31) David Gilliland
32) David Reutimann
33) Dave Blaney
34) Ken Schrader
35) JJ Yeley
36) Trevor Bayne
37) Danica Patrick
38) David Stremme
39) Michael McDowell
40) Scott Speed
41) Landon Cassill
42) Joe Nemechek
43) Josh Wise

Did Not Qualify: Mike Bliss

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