BUSCH: St. Louis, Loudon qualifying set by points

Loudon, N.H. - It's a wash at Loudon as steady rain showers over the greater New Hampshire area washed out qualifying for the Winston Cup and Busch Series teams. The Friday rain started to drizzle about an hour into Busch series practice ...

Loudon, N.H. - It's a wash at Loudon as steady rain showers over the greater New Hampshire area washed out qualifying for the Winston Cup and Busch Series teams.

The Friday rain started to drizzle about an hour into Busch series practice and progressively worsened, until NASCAR decided to the Winston Cup practice and both qualifying sessions.

Both fields will be set by points in accordance with the NASCAR rulebook.

Saturday's New England 200 will be led by Kevin Harvick as the No. 21 Chevrolet team leads the point standings in the Busch series. The driver points leader, Scott Riggs, will slot alongside Harvick.

For Winston Cup, series points leader, Matt Kenseth starts on the pole for Sunday's New England 300. Four time Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon starts on the outside pole.

"We tested here," said Gordon. "And because we did test here and I feel really good about the race set-up that we had and the practice we had for race conditions, it's almost better. That's because we're good in points and have great track position and get a good spot on pit road and we've got a lot of laps on the track.

"So even if it rains tomorrow, we're looking good. That's when testing becomes a big advantage if you have some rain like this. Of course there are going to be races and rubber is going to be laid down and the track is going to change from what it was when we tested, but we should be able to start pretty close tomorrow.

"So I'm pretty happy with the way this has turned out. I was good to go either way because I felt like we had a good enough car to sit on the front row today and now we're going to start second."

Testing could be an important factor since the Cup drivers were unable to take to the newly paved 1.058-mile track. There are two forty-five minute sessions scheduled for Saturday.

Rounding out the top five starters for Sunday's 300-mile event are Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Bobby Labonte and Michael Waltrip.

The weather played a factor in other on-track activity for the NASCAR Busch North Series and the Featherlite Modified Series.

St. Louis, MO. - Rain, rain and more rain was the story of the day for NASCAR as the Craftsman Truck Series was rained out on Friday also. Again, the field will be set by owners' points.

Travis Kvapil sits on the pole with Ted Musgrave in the second spot.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Ted Musgrave , Scott Riggs , Travis Kvapil