NASCAR Bristol Starting Lineup 2012: Qualifying Canceled, Casey Mears To Start On Pole

Your pole-sitter for Saturday night's Bristol night race? None other than Casey Mears.

Mears was fastest in Friday's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session, which meant he earned the No. 1 starting spot when a series of strong storms swept through the Bristol Motor Speedway area and washed out qualifying.

"It's exciting for our team to be able to have this opportunity," Mears said. "Having the first pit selection and starting up front, it gives us a big head start from where we've been in the past."

Brad Keselowski, who has won two straight Bristol races, will start second. Points leader Greg Biffle will start third, with Joey Logano and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five.

Scott Speed, Kelly Bires, Reed Sorenson and JJ Yeley missed the race because they never got a chance to qualify and did not have enough owner points/attempts to make it.

Danica Patrick, making her Bristol debut, will start 43rd.

Here's the starting lineup for Saturday night's NASCAR Bristol race:

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