FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Jeff Gordon will start on the pole after NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying was canceled because of severe storms that led to tornado warnings.
The field for the Samsung 500 on Sunday was set by season points. That means series leader Gordon and Jeff Burton on the front row.
Jimmie Johnson, Gordon's teammate with Hendrick Motorsports, will start third. He's won three of the last four races this season, but has never won at Texas.
Michael Waltrip will miss his sixth straight race. The two-time Daytona 500 winner, in the first year with the Toyota team he owns, didn't have enough season points to get in the 43-car field. Waltrip's team was caught cheating during preparations for the season-opening Daytona 500.