NASCAR Dover Starting Lineup: Jimmie Johnson, AJ Allmendinger On Front Row After Qualifying Rained Out

Dover favorites Jimmie Johnson and AJ Allmendinger will start in an appropriate position for Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway: Up front.

NASCAR's new rainout qualifying procedure was put to use for the first time ever on Saturday, after persistent rains washed out the Sprint Cup Series qualifying session. The lineup was set based on practice speeds from Friday's two sessions (in the past, rained-out qualifying meant a field set by points).

Jimmie Johnson will start from the No. 1 spot – although it doesn't count as an "official" pole in the record books – and AJ Allmendinger, who has been strong at Dover but never won a NASCAR race, is the No. 2 starter.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Could Allmendinger go to Victory Lane for the first time on Sunday?

"I don't know if it's a race-winning car, because I've never won a race," Allmendinger said. "It's fast. It's a potential race-winning car."

Then Allmendinger turned to Johnson and asked the five-time champion's opinion because, as he said to Johnson, "You have, what, 197 wins or something?"

Though the starting field was set via practice speeds, the rulebook determined which drivers qualified for the race. Scott Riggs, whose No. 81 team had no owner points, was sent home.

2011 NASCAR Dover starting lineup for Sunday's FedEx 400:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. AJ Allmendinger
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Kasey Kahne
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Regan Smith
  12. Greg Biffle
  13. Carl Edwards
  14. David Ragan
  15. Brian Vickers
  16. Jeff Burton
  17. David Reutimann
  18. Marcos Ambrose
  19. Juan Pablo Montoya
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Jeff Gordon
  22. Clint Bowyer
  23. Bobby Labonte
  24. Matt Kenseth
  25. Mark Martin
  26. Denny Hamlin
  27. Tony Stewart
  28. Ryan Newman
  29. David Gilliland
  30. Casey Mears
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Landon Cassill
  33. Mike Bliss
  34. Scott Wimmer
  35. Dave Blaney
  36. Michael McDowell
  37. Andy Lally
  38. JJ Yeley
  39. Mike Skinner
  40. David Stremme
  41. Travis Kvapil
  42. Joe Nemechek
  43. Tony Raines
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