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NASCAR At Martinsville: Rain Puts Carl Edwards On Tums Fast Relief 500 Pole

Championship leader Carl Edwards has never had much success at Martinsville, but he'll have the best position possible when the green flag drops over Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500.

Edwards was awarded the pole when rain cancelled time trials. Because there was no practice prior to qualifying, the field is set by car owner points. Edwards' Jack Roush-owned No. 99 Ford is at the top of those standings, so he will start first Sunday. Teammate Matt Kenseth - second in points - will roll off second. Title contenders Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, and Kevin Harvick round out the top-five.

The rest of the top-10 starters will be Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon. Denny Hamlin, the defending race champion and winner of four of the last seven races, will roll off from the 11th position.

This is the first time this year that rain has cancelled qualifying without practice taking place. Previously, the speeds from the first qualifying session - used to determine the qualifying lineup - had set the field when rain washed out qualifications.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.