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Rain washes out qualifying at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson will be starting from the pole at Talladega Superspeedway after rain washed out qualifying and the field was set by points.

His Hendrick Motorsports teammates Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon will start second and third.

Johnson, the three-time defending series champion, has a 118-point advantage over Martin with four races remaining in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. But Talladega is his weakest track, and he's got a 17.7 average finish.

He's started from the pole at Talladega two other times, both in his 2002 rookie season.

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