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Rains washes out Cup qualifying at Chicagoland

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, July 11, 2008

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Heavy rain hits Chicagoland Speedway Thursday night
Thundershowers soaked Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, forcing cancellation of qualifying Thursday night for Saturday night's LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup race.  The field was set according to the NASCAR rulebook, with the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of points leader Kyle Busch starting from the pole. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who passed Jeff Burton for the second spot in the Cup championship standings last Saturday at Daytona, will take the green flag from the outside of the front row.

Busch's Camry wasn't among the fastest cars in Thursday's rain-shortened practice session at the 1.5-mile track. At 178.106 mph, Busch was 15th on the speed charts. Earnhardt was fifth-quickest at 178.814 mph.

"It didn't feel like our car was real fast in practice, but hopefully we can get some practice in [on Friday] and make it better for the race," said Busch, who spent the early portion of practice in race trim before switching to a qualifying setup.

Greg Biffle, who topped the practice chart at 179.748 mph, will start 11th in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Burton, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer will start from positions 3-10 based on their current owner points positions.

"We looked at the weather and thought that we'd get qualifying in," said Burton, who will compete in Friday night's Nationwide Series race in preparation for the first night Cup race at the speedway on Saturday. "I guess we should have concentrated totally on race trim."

Starting Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's N/A N/A N/A
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard N/A N/A N/A
3 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility N/A N/A N/A
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot "Taking Care of Business" N/A N/A N/A
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's N/A N/A N/A
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont N/A N/A N/A
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express N/A N/A N/A
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser N/A N/A N/A
9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock N/A N/A N/A
10 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's N/A N/A N/A
11 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M N/A N/A N/A
12 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot N/A N/A N/A
13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil N/A N/A N/A
14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance N/A N/A N/A
15 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
16 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army N/A N/A N/A
17 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Kodak / The Mummy N/A N/A N/A
18 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite N/A N/A N/A
19 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Cub Cadet N/A N/A N/A
20 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Betty Crocker / Richard Petty's 50th N/A N/A N/A
21 28 Travis Kvapil Ford FreeCreditReport.com N/A N/A N/A
22 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Juicy Fruit Slim Pack N/A N/A N/A
23 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com N/A N/A N/A
24 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal N/A N/A N/A
25 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's N/A N/A N/A
26 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin N/A N/A N/A
27 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards N/A N/A N/A
28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS N/A N/A N/A
29 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS N/A N/A N/A
30 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar N/A N/A N/A
31 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam / SaveOurName.com N/A N/A N/A
32 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Maxwell House N/A N/A N/A
33 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group N/A N/A N/A
34 00 Michael McDowell* Toyota Champion Mortgage N/A N/A N/A
35 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 N/A N/A N/A
36 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Marathon American Spirit / Richard Petty's 50th N/A N/A N/A
37 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force N/A N/A N/A
38 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation N/A N/A N/A
39 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
40 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV N/A N/A N/A
41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing N/A N/A N/A
42 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge LifeLock N/A N/A N/A
43 70 Jason Leffler Chevrolet Haas Automation N/A N/A N/A
- - Did Not Qualify - - - - -
44 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Weber Grill - - -
45 08 Johnny Sauter Dodge getFUBAR.com - - -

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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