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Rain Cancels Qualifying at Pocono: Junior Starts 6th

By Tyler Overstreet, JR Motorsports | Article Published 6/7/2013
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Rain cancelled all on-track activity Friday at Pocono Raceway. As a result, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start sixth based on his current position in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points. Earnhardt Jr.’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole.

Teams will attempt to make practice laps during a pair of sessions Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET and 11:40 a.m. ET. Earnhardt Jr. and his No. 88 National Guard team have unloaded a brand new chassis hoping to claim Junior’s first victory at the 2.5-mile track.

Earnhardt Jr. looks to build on strong runs at Pocono last season where he led in both events and earned an eighth place finish in June.

Coverage of Sunday’s 400-mile race begins at 1 p.m. ET on TNT.

Standings
After Oral-B USA 500
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Jeff Gordon 872 0
2 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 851 -21
3 +2 Matt Kenseth 794 -78
4 -- Joey Logano 791 -81
5 -2 Brad Keselowski 782 -90
6 -- Jimmie Johnson 766 -106
7 +1 Carl Edwards 755 -117
8 -1 Kevin Harvick 748 -124
9 -- Ryan Newman 747 -125
10 +1 Greg Biffle 728 -144
11 +2 Kasey Kahne 708 -164
12 -2 Clint Bowyer 705 -167
Full Standings