NASCAR & Auto Racing

Another rainy day washes out racing

There was a window.

Sadly, it turned out to be a hole into which a lot of jet fuel was poured trying to dry Michigan International Speedway and get in the 3M Performance 400 on Monday.

It rained so hard Sunday night that Kasey Kahne said it kept him awake in his motorhome. It rained all Monday morning, too. But the precipitation eased just before noon, and NASCAR officials convinced themselves they saw an "opening" on the radar.

Jet dryers were dispatched and started making progress. But a heavy drizzle returned about 2:30 p.m.

Finally, just before 4, the race was rescheduled for 10 a.m. today.

If the race is run, it will be the first Tuesday event in NASCAR's top series since David Pearson won the 1978 Firecracker 400 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Before NASCAR's modern era began in 1972, races were run regularly on weeknights.

As inconvenient as it will be today to have a race nearly 48 hours after it was scheduled, it would be imminently preferable to other options.

Plan B would be to move this race to the end of the season, the day after Thanksgiving. New Hampshire would become the 26th race, not Richmond, and championship weekend for the Cup series would change from South Florida to southern Michigan.

Wheee!

If the weather doesn't get better during the next 36 hours or so and the race can't be run this week, this season is going to become a bigger mess than it already has been.

Waiting stinks anywhere, but the stench is particularly foul at race tracks.

"Really, I have just been bored," Kahne said. "There is not a lot to do in these motorhomes. You run out of movies to watch. The satellite dishes don't work when it rains as hard as it has. You just wait and hope it quits."

Carl Edwards, who won at Michigan on June 17 and whose No. 99 Ford was fast in Saturday's practice, the last time Cup cars got onto the track, said he and his pals got so tired of playing video games they found a gym at a college nearby and worked out late Sunday, then came back to the track and tooled around the track's infield in an all-terrain vehicle.

"I can't wait for the start of the race," Edwards said.

He's not alone.

Today?

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Pos. No. Driver Car Speed
1. 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 189.026
2. 16 Greg Biffle Ford 188.684
3. 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 188.516
4. 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 188.132
5. 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 188.024
6. 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 187.882
7. 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 187.877
8. 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 187.373
9. 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 187.344
10. 01 Mark Martin Chevy 187.246
11. 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 187.042
12. 00 D.Reutimann Toyota 186.848
13. 99 Carl Edwards Ford 186.780
14. 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 186.746
15. 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 186.577
16. 49 John Andretti Dodge 186.446
17. 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 186.393
18. 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 186.239
19. 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 186.225
20. 40 David Stremme Dodge 186.215
21. 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 186.181




Pos. No. Driver Car Speed
22. 88 Ricky Rudd Ford 186.167
23. 21 Bill Elliott Ford 186.123
24. 38 David Gilliland Ford 185.946
25. 6 David Ragan Ford 185.888
26. 42 J.P. Montoya Dodge 185.806
27. 4 Ward Burton Chevy 185.591
28. 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 185.428
29. 25 Casey Mears Chevy 185.428
30. 7 Robby Gordon Ford 185.366
31. 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 185.338
32. 08 Joe Nemechek Dodge 185.319
33. 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 185.061
34. 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 184.947
35. 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 184.800
36. 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 184.791
37. 96 Tony Raines Chevy 184.611
38. 15 Paul Menard Chevy 184.450
39. 8 D.Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 184.422
40. 66 Jeff Green Chevy 184.327
41. 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy ownpts
42. 45 C.McCumbee Dodge ownpts
43. 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 184.672


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