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Rain washes out Sprint Cup qualifying

July 8, 2011 at 9:33 PM   |   Comments

SPARTA, Ky., July 8 (UPI) -- Rain that fell late in the session wiped out qualifying Friday for the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.

There were 48 cars set to make qualifying runs for the Quaker State 400 and only 22 of them could do so before the rains began falling at the 1.5-mile track.

Race officials eventually declared that the starting order for Saturday's race would be determined by the practice session held earlier in the day. That put Kyle Busch on the pole for the race. Busch was among those who did not make it onto the track for a qualifying run.

Juan Pablo Montoya will start on the outside of the front row, followed by Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson.

Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, David Ragan, Tony Stewart and Paul Menard completed the Top 10.

Ragan won last week's race at Daytona International Speedway for his first Sprint Cup victory.

Points leader Kevin Harvick will start 19th.

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