Jul 07 2007

Qualifying Rained Out, Nascar Warns Crew Chiefs

Mother Nature took over with 14 drivers left to qualify yesterday, so they will be starting according to points position now, knocking out several drivers who would’ve qualified on time, including one who was sitting in the pole position when the rain started. Boris Said was on the pole, yes really, and after the rain out, he will be going home instead of racing, as will several others.

Boris Said and two others were poised to make the race, but steady rain forced NASCAR officials to cancel the qualifying session with 14 cars left to make runs. NASCAR couldn’t postpone qualifying much longer because of the Busch Series race scheduled to start later Friday.

The top 35 spots in the field were set using owner points. Brian Vickers will start 36th because he won a race last season. Dale Jarrett and Bill Elliott got the next two spots as past series champions.

The last five spots went to Riggs, Blaney, Paul Menard, David Reutimann and Wallace — based on owner points and number of qualifying attempts this season.

Ward Burton would have gotten in over Wallace, but he had made one less qualifying attempt this season. Source: Gordon to start from pole after rain washes out quals

I have posted the starting order below.

In other news, Nascar in an attempt to warn the suspended crew chiefs has issued an order that says, if you are suspended, don’t show up at the track. In an article from Nascar.com, the writer had a funny remark that is absolutely true, because we heard Earnhardt confirm it on national TV, the crew chiefs are still in contact with the teams trying to help in any way they can.

The sanctioning body, miffed at the sight of a supposedly-suspended Tony Eury Jr. sitting atop his motor coach Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway, has issued an informal edict: If you’re suspended, don’t show up at the racetrack. Nextel Cup director John Darby told The Associated Press that NASCAR would “throw the fear of God” into anyone who does otherwise.

But even NASCAR’s power has its limits. Suspensions used to mean crew chiefs couldn’t enter the garage and pit area, but didn’t specifically prohibit them from buying a ticket or obtaining an infield pass and showing up to confer with their team. That’s why Eury, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., was at New Hampshire even though he was in the final week of a six-week suspension for mounting rear wing brackets illegally at Darlington.

Evidently this routine bit of subterfuge was common knowledge to everyone but the top brass at NASCAR, which seems stung by what they perceived as Eury flaunting his punishment, and in retaliation has taken a hard line. But as they are paid to do, crew chiefs will find that line and stand one inch behind it. Because working in the gray area isn’t limited to the cars. Source: For crew chiefs, gray area isn’t limited to the cars

And that is what everything is about in Nascar, working and finding the best spots to work in the gray areas, and with the COT and some of the rules they have set this year, maybe we should change what Nascar really stands for. Much as they call the NFL the no fun league, maybe we should start calling Nascar “Not About Stock Car Auto Racing anymore”.

Here is the qualifying order:
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont
2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers / DEWALT
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility
6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot
8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
9 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet Principal Financial Group
10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NWTF
11 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s
12 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser
14 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL
15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Marathon Saw Blades
16 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network
19 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Pillsbury / Cinnabon
20 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline
21 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC
22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW
23 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV
24 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Travel
25 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World
/ RVs.com
26 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light
27 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target
29 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management
30 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation
31 88 Ricky Rudd Ford M&M’s
32 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s Red, White & Blue
33 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Charleston S.C. Fire Dept.
34 45 John Andretti Dodge Tire Kingdom
35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation
36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
37 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS
38 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force
39 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools
40 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar
41 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards
42 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King
43 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing

Did Not Qualify
44 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC
45 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull
46 49 Larry Foyt Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America
47 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
48 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Taco Bell
49 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet State Water Heaters
50 160 Boris Said Ford SOBE No Fear
51 109 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts
52 104 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty
53 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Chevrolet Batista Grading / Lilly Trucking

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