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Qualifying a Washout at Bristol

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

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Jeff Gordon looks to survive Bristol and make the top 12
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Rain once again washed out qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.  This week it was Bristol that saw showers roll in to see the field set by last year's final points.  Jimmie Johnson starts from the pole while his Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon will also start on the front row. 

A total of 46 teams practiced for an attempt at qualifying, but when all of NASCAR's rules were sorted out for determining the filed it was Jeff Green, John Andretti and Patrick Carpentier that packed up and took the trouble train out of Bristol since they didn't make the field.

Last Points Race for Dale Jarrett

Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway marks Dale Jarrett’s (No. 44 UPS Toyota) final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. And as the 1999 series champion prepares for his ride into retirement, he reflects on what has been his ride — for 24 years.

Dale Jarrett looks to hang up his helmet after Bristol, but returns for the All Star event in Lowes.
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“There is no better place than Bristol because it's the most special motorsports venue in the world as far as I'm concerned,” Jarrett said. “I hopefully can go out on a good note on Sunday, but when I climb from the car, I'm sure it's going to be pretty emotional.”

Sunday’s start will be his 44th at Bristol, his highest total at any track and 668th overall. He has one win and 19 top-10 finishes at Bristol. Also a total of 32 series wins (among them, three Daytona 500 crowns).

The son of two-time series champion and respected broadcaster Ned Jarrett, Dale will follow his father into the booth later this season, serving as an analyst for ESPN/ABC. And he does have one more race — the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May — before completely hanging up his helmet.

“It's been a terrific career,” Jarrett said. “Certainly I'm very appreciative of the opportunities that I was given by a number of car owners; the opportunity that NASCAR has provided for all of us.”

Michael Waltrip Racing teammate David Reutimann (No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota) will succeed him in the No. 44, while youngster Michael McDowell takes over the No. 00 for Reutimann.

Bristol The Last Chance To Solidify 2008 Top-35 Ranking

Following Sunday’s Food City 500, the top 35 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup owner standings are guaranteed starting positions each week based on the 2008 standings.

You must be in the Top 35 in points this year to be guaranteed a start .
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The final owner standings of the previous season determine those spots through each season’s first five events. So for several teams, this week represents the last chance to improve or entrench positions in the 2008 owner standings prior to race No. 6 at Martinsville Speedway.

The No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota driven by J.J. Yeley is 35th this week, 18 points ahead of the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge driven by former Indianapolis 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr. and owned by Roger Penske.

Only 67 points separate positions 30-38, discomforting for reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti, whose No. 40 The Hartford Dodge, owned by Felix Sabates, is 38th.

Race Lineup

OS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's N/A N/A N/A
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont N/A N/A N/A
3 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's N/A N/A N/A
4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DISH Network N/A N/A N/A
5 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's N/A N/A N/A
6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot N/A N/A N/A
7 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 N/A N/A N/A
8 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility N/A N/A N/A
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot N/A N/A N/A
10 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil N/A N/A N/A
11 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker N/A N/A N/A
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express N/A N/A N/A
13 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL N/A N/A N/A
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Jackson Hewitt N/A N/A N/A
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy N/A N/A N/A
16 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army N/A N/A N/A
17 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group N/A N/A N/A
18 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal N/A N/A N/A
19 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker N/A N/A N/A
20 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser N/A N/A N/A
21 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline N/A N/A N/A
22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's N/A N/A N/A
23 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target N/A N/A N/A
24 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance N/A N/A N/A
25 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV N/A N/A N/A
26 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge The Hartford N/A N/A N/A
27 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools N/A N/A N/A
28 7 Robby Gordon Dodge RVs.com / Camping World N/A N/A N/A
29 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards N/A N/A N/A
30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing N/A N/A N/A
31 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation N/A N/A N/A
32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com N/A N/A N/A
33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation N/A N/A N/A
34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar N/A N/A N/A
35 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil N/A N/A N/A
36 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite N/A N/A N/A
37 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS N/A N/A N/A
38 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
39 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine N/A N/A N/A
40 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS N/A N/A N/A
41 49 Ken Schrader Dodge Qtrax.com N/A N/A N/A
42 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row N/A N/A N/A
43 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A

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