|Old Spice Swagger is a perfect match for Stewart
Doug Belliveau /AR1.com
Qualifying is officially rained out at Pocono. Points leader Tony Stewart will start from the pole for Sunday's Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Stewart was sixth fastest in the practice and will run an Old Spice "Swagger" paint scheme for the weekend.
Swagger seems appropriate for Stewart, leading the points by a whopping 192 points with just six races remaining in the chase. Stewart won at Pocono in June after starting dead last in the field.
Pocono Raceway announced that anyone holding a ticket for Friday's qualifying will receive a $10 credit towards purchase of a ticket for tomorrow's event.
07/31/09 The first practice session was cut short at Pocono by rain and qualifying is in doubt for later in the day. Mark Martin was fastest during the abbreviated practice with just four laps on the track. The remaining Hendricks team mates joined Martin as next quickest with Johnson, Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon with just three laps each on the track. Kyle Busch was fifth fastest in practice.
Sam Hornish Jr was 10th fastest and made 18 laps at the tricky triangle, the most of any of the teams in practice..
|Waltrip's primary car parked for the weekend
Doug Belliveau /AR1.com
Michael Waltrip was forced to go to a backup car after spinning and winding up in the grass. The damage to Waltrip's seemed minimal but a quick trip to the garage forced the decision to move to the backup.
One bright note on the rain… With only 43 cars entered in the race all of the Sprint Cup teams will make it into the race on Sunday.
Quote of the afternoon was from Carl Edwards after climbing from his car and observing his crew struggle to hold down their tent in front of his hauler, "Man does it rain all the time here?"
Starting lineup determined by points
|1||14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Old Spice Swagger||N/A|
|4||2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Miller Lite||N/A|
|6||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Express||N/A|
|7||39||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||Haas Automation||N/A|
|9||5||Mark Martin||Chevrolet||Cheez-It / Carquest||N/A|
|13||00||David Reutimann||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||N/A|
|15||83||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Red Bull||N/A|
|16||33||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||The Hartford||N/A|
|18||47||Marcos Ambrose||Toyota||iRacing.com, Kingsford, Clorox||N/A|
|19||20||Joey Logano*||Toyota||The Home Depot||N/A|
|20||26||Jamie McMurray||Ford||Crown Royal||N/A|
|21||07||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||Jack Daniel's||N/A|
|22||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Amp Energy, National Guard||N/A|
|23||29||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Shell, Pennzoil||N/A|
|24||1||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker||N/A|
|25||19||Elliott Sadler||Dodge||Stanley Tools||N/A|
|26||43||Reed Sorenson||Dodge||U.S. Air Force||N/A|
|29||77||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||PPG||N/A|
|31||55||Michael Waltrip||Toyota||NAPA Auto Parts||N/A|
|32||12||David Stremme||Dodge||Penske Racing||N/A|
|33||98||Paul Menard||Ford||Moen, Menards||N/A|
|34||7||Robby Gordon||Toyota||Robby Gordon Motorsports||N/A|
|35||34||John Andretti||Chevrolet||Taco Bell||N/A|
|36||09||Sterling Marlin||Dodge||Miccosukee Resort & Gaming||N/A|
|37||82||Scott Speed*||Toyota||Red Bull||N/A|
|38||171||David Gilliland||Chevrolet||National Leiomyosarcom-a Foundation||N/A|
|39||187||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||NEMCO Motorsports||N/A|
|40||66||Dave Blaney||Toyota||Prism Motorsports||N/A|
|41||36||Patrick Carpentier||Toyota||Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich||N/A|
|42||64||Mike Wallace||Toyota||Air Combat USA, Fred's Store||N/A|
|43||37||Tony Raines||Dodge||Long John Silver's||N/A|