Friday, March 8, 2013
Updated: March 10, 5:41 PM ET
Brad Keselowski on Vegas pole
By Terry Blount
LAS VEGAS -- All Sprint Cup track activity was rained out Friday, including qualifying, putting Brad Keselowski on the pole for Sunday's race in Las Vegas.
The top 36 cars in the field are set based on 2012 points, giving the No. 1 starting position to the last season's champion.
"It's a really good deal," Keselowski said. "I guess that's one of the perks being the  champion in the first few races. This is the first time I've ever had decent starting position from a rainout.
"I was thinking what the odds were for rainout in Vegas. Wish I had made that bet, but I'm very thankful we had the test day yesterday, so we won't be going into Sunday blind."
Actually, the Cup teams are scheduled for two practice sessions Saturday if the weather clears.
Clint Bowyer will join Keselowski on the front row. The rainout was bad news for Mike Bliss, the one driver who failed to earn a spot for Sunday's race.
Keselowski also weighed in on Denny Hamlin's $25,000 fine for criticizing the Gen-6 race car last weekend at Phoenix.
"It's a divisive topic, that's for sure," Keselowski said. "It's one every driver is a little reluctant to talk about because there are no winners. I don't think it's the conversation we need to be having right now. The conversation we need is what we can do to provide the best on-track racing for our fans."