NASCAR & Auto Racing

Rudd not sure about Sunday's start

Ricky Rudd had the 23rd best qualifying lap in Friday’s Subway 500 qualifying at Martinsville Speedway, but he’s still not 100 percent certain he will drive the No. 88 Ford in Sunday’s race.

Rudd finished 11th in the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in his first race back after suffering a shoulder injury in a crash at California Speedway.

He planned to go to Martinsville and test the shoulder in a longer practice run on Friday. But rain showers limited Nextel Cup teams to a few minutes of practice and kept Rudd from giving his shoulder that test.

“The arm feels pretty good right now,” Rudd said.

“I really planned to come in here and run like a 25-lap run and make a decision. The way the weather was, we didn’t get that, so I guess going to be on hold until tomorrow. So far, I haven’t seen any signs of it giving me a problem where it would keep me from racing, I don’t think.”

If Rudd can’t run, Kenny Wallace would take over in his place.