NCWTS: Rain Washes Out Qualifying, Buescher On Pole at Homestead

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It’s a NASCAR weekend in Miami so that can only mean one thing is going to happen. Rain.

After rain washed away opening practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it wasn’t long until NASCAR made it official that qualifying for tonight’s Ford 200 would also be canceled. It was made official that  James Buescher, winner of the past three pole awards, put his Turner Motorsports Chevrolet in the No. 1 starting spot for tonight’s hopeful season finale as the field was lined up by speeds from this morning’s practice session.

Needing every possible point out there, Buescher finds himself in the best position to do so on the front row. But his championship rivals are not far behind. Both points leader, Austin Dillon, and second place, Johnny Sauter, put their trucks in the fourth and fifth positions respectively for tonight’s race.

Dillon, who needs a sixteenth place finish, regardless of what anyone else does in order to claim his first NASCAR championship, is ‘bringing out all the stops’ this weekend in Miami as his Richard Childress Racing team has built him yet another new truck.

Younger brother, Ty Dillon, who finished P3 two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, will start his No. 21 RCR Chevrolet from the outside of the front row.

Buescher, Ty Dillon, Piquet Jr., Austin Dillon, Sauter, Whitt, Sadler, Harvick, Lofton and Coulter round out the top-10.

Starting Lineup for the Ford 200 

  1. James Buescher
  2. Ty Dillon
  3. Nelson Piquet Jr.
  4. Austin Dillon
  5. Johnny Sauter
  6. Cole Whitt
  7. Elliot Sadler
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Justin Lofton
  10. Joey Coulter
  11. Matt Crafton
  12. Jason White
  13. Parker Kilgerman
  14. Ricky Carmichael
  15. Todd Bodine
  16. Dusty Davis
  17. Denny Hamlin
  18. Miguel Paludo
  19. Brendan Gaughan
  20. Dakoda Armstrong
  21. Timothy Peters
  22. Ron Hornaday Jr.
  23. David Starr
  24. Max Papis
  25. Bryan Silas
  26. Max Gresham
  27. German Quiroga
  28. Blake Feese
  29. Mike Garvey
  30. Ryan Sieg
  31. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  32. Mike Harmon
  33. Johnny Chapman
  34. Norm Benning
  35. Clay Greenfield
  36. Brent Raymer

Drivers That Failed To Qualify: Dennis Setzer, Ross Chastain, Tim George Jr., Jeff Agnew, Frank Kimmel, Brennan Newberry and Derek White

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