Saturday, September 18, 2004

Rain sets lineup for NASCAR



The Associated Press

LOUDON, N.H. - It was an inauspicious start to the 10-race playoff for NASCAR's Nextel Cup championship with rain washing out qualifying Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Only 16 cars ran laps on the 1.058-mile oval before rain began falling. NASCAR officials waited more than an hour before deciding to set the lineup for Sunday's Sylvania 300 mostly by car-owner points.

Jamie McMurray was the fastest of the drivers who did run, turning a lap of 131.975 mph. But he will start 11th in the 43-car field.

The 10 drivers who qualified to compete under NASCAR's new championship format will start ahead of McMurray. Series leader Jeff Gordon, seeking his fifth title, and teammate and runner-up Jimmie Johnson have the front row.

TRUCKS: Jack Sprague won a series-leading fifth pole of the season Friday in qualifying for today's NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at New Hampshire.




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First-half stand leads to rout
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CovCath ends long Beechwood string
Roundup of Friday's other Kentucky games
Q&A: Dayton coach Stephen Lickert
Photos of Friday's Kent. games

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Bonds joins Aaron, Ruth at 700 HRs
Rangers' Francisco suspended for season
Red Sox closing on Yankees

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