Vegas Qualifying Rained Out


It is the first time in LVMS history that qualifying has been rained out. (Photo: Getty Images)

Persistent rain showers forced NASCAR officials to cancel Friday's scheduled Sprint Cup Series qualifying session for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Wet weather moved into the speedway early Friday morning and despite a couple of breaks in the clouds, NASCAR finally pulled the plug just after 1 p.m. PT. It is the first time in LVMS history that qualifying has been rained out.

The line-up for Sunday's third race of the 2013 season will be set based on the NASCAR rule book. The top 36 drivers in 2012 owner points were locked in, which means defending champion Brad Keselowski will start his Miller Lite Ford from the pole position. However, the Penske Racing driver will not get official credit for a pole as a means of qualifying for next February's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona.

Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer will start outside the front row.

Mike Bliss is the only driver to not make the race.

The weather is expected to improve on Saturday when Sprint Cup Series teams will have a pair of practice sessions in order to dial in their cars for Sunday's race, the first 1.5-mile event for the new Gen-6 machine.

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