Northeast rain halts Happy Hour early

Final practice for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams was shortened due to a moderate rain peppering the race track. It is the second day in a row that Mother Nature has wreaked havoc with the Cup series schedule. Time trial efforts for Cup Friday were ...

Final practice for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams was shortened due to a moderate rain peppering the race track. It is the second day in a row that Mother Nature has wreaked havoc with the Cup series schedule.

Time trial efforts for Cup Friday were halted for an hour because of weather but were ultimately completed. A morning session of practice got off without a hitch earlier Saturday morning before weather moved into the area.

Cup teams got just fifteen minutes in their 'happy hour' session with Brian Vickers posting the top lap of 150.050 mph.

Kurt Busch was second with a lap of 149.956 mph, "We're happy because it's fastest so far, but we might get beat after awhile. This team is ready to go to work now. We had a bad Speedweeks in Charlotte."

Carl Edwards, Elliott Sadler and Denny Hamlin complete the top five times.

"I really enjoy racing at Dover," commented Edwards. "I feel it is one of the fastest tracks that we go. It really reminds me a lot of racing a half- mile dirt track. The corners and the banking make it a really fast track. The Office Depot team has run well over the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can continue making our charge towards the top 10."

Pole sitter Ryan Newman was 15th practice and Cup point leader Jimmie Johnson (who has to start 42nd after spinning on his qualifying effort) was 29th quickest.

Notably, because of Johnson's poor qualifying effort and the layout of pit road at Dover International Speedway, Johnson will have to share a pit with the No. 4 Chevrolet of Scott Wimmer on Sunday.

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Scott Wimmer , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin