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Fans favor poles in The Sprint Unlimited vote

February 16, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Complete starting grid announced; Edwards, Martin out front

The starting grid for The Sprint Unlimited, as determined by a fan vote, is based on 2012 poles, with the earliest pole winners getting the top spots.

Carl Edwards, who won last year's pole for the Daytona 500, was in position to start No. 1, but had to move to the back of the lineup -- he was involved in Friday's five-car crash during practice and is in a back-up car.

Mark Martin, who won last year's pole at Phoenix in March, was also involved in Friday's accident. He did not complete a lap in the second practice session and has also been moved to the back.

The original complete grid:

Pos Car Driver Sponsor/Team Make Pole Positions Pole Win
1 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 1 Pole Position Daytona
2 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 4 Pole Positions Phoenix
3 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 4 Pole Positions Las Vegas
4 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 3 Pole Positions Bristol
5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 3 Pole Positions Auto Club
6 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 1 Pole Position Texas
7 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 2 Pole Positions Talladega
8 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 1 Pole Position Charlotte
9 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 2 Pole Positions Pocono
10 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 2 Pole Positions Michigan
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Yellow Chevrolet 4 Pole Positions Kentucky
12 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 1 Pole Position Daytona
13 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 2 Pole Positions New Hampshire
14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 2 Pole Positions Pocono
15 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 1 Pole Position Atlanta
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 1 Pole Position Richmond
17 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 0 Pole Position 8th in points
18 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 0 Pole Position 25th in points
19 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford 0 Pole Position 44th in points

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