Tony Raines, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet for Hall of Fame Racing, finished 18th in Sunday's LifeLock 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The race, which started just past 1 p.m. (CDT), was stopped...
Tony Raines, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet for Hall of Fame Racing, finished 18th in Sunday's LifeLock 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
The race, which started just past 1 p.m. (CDT), was stopped by two rain delays and finished nearly six hours after it began. Originally scheduled for 267 laps, the race was past the original halfway point when the red flag came out a second time on lap 148, but after a 2 hour and 13 minute delay, the race was restarted with the new distance set at 225 laps. Later in the event, officials would shorten the distance even further, to 210 laps, due to darkness.
"It's one of the weirder races I've been a part of," Raines said. "To have two long rain delays and then finish in the dark -- that's not something you see a whole lot."
Raines started 40th in the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet and worked with crew chief Brandon Thomas throughout the event to get the car handling well-enough to score the team's 10th top-20 finish of 2007.
"We came a long way from where we started on Friday," Raines said. "That's a tribute to Brandon and the crew for continuing to work on the car all the way until the end. We struggled in practice and qualifying, but we got the car better and better today and are leaving with a respectable finish. I'm proud of the guys and their effort this weekend."
Raines' 18th-place finish kept the No. 96 car 27th in Nextel Cup owner points, and Raines remained 31st in driver points.
Greg Biffle won the LifeLock 400 to score his 12th career Nextel Cup victory, his first this season and his first at Kansas. Kansas native Clint Bowyer finished second, while Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-five. Kevin Harvick, Reed Sorenson, Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were 12 caution periods for 54 laps, with four drivers failing to finish the 210-lap race. The two red flags combined for 2 hours, 58 minutes and 24 seconds.
The next event on the Nextel Cup schedule -- the fourth race of the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup -- is the Oct. 7 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The race begins at 2 p.m. EDT with live, high-definition coverage provided by ABC beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m.