Fans favor poles in The Sprint Unlimited vote
February 16, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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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