A steady and persistent downpour in greater Volusia County has prevented any on track action for Nextel Cup teams at Daytona International Speedway. Both practice sessions scheduled for teams have been called off.
One practice has been rescheduled from 9:10 AM to 10:30 AM Friday morning. Cars are set to qualify at 4:40 PM tomorrow and then be impounded until race day.
Heading into what is traditionally considered the mid-point of the season, Greg Biffle leads Nextel Cup series points and is a previous winner at Daytona.
"We're excited about going to Daytona," said Biffle. "Restrictor-plate racing is not my favorite, but Daytona is a fun place to go and race. It's the same thing there as everywhere else, but it's more about staying out of trouble and trying to stay out of the big wreck. You want to keep the fenders on it and be able to be there at the end, and that's the biggest challenge for Daytona."
Biffle leads Jimmie Johnson by 22 markers.
Notably, Jeff Gordon hopes to use Daytona as a springboard back into the Chase for the Championship. A run of bad luck the last six weeks has dropped Gordon to 14th in standings. Gordon, has, however, won two consecutive restrictor plate races.
"We just need to get things turned around right now, whether it's winning or finishing in the top five," said Gordon. "We've had a rough stretch recently - some of it within our control and some of it out of our control - and we need to get back on track.
"There are no guarantees in this business. Infineon was one of our best tracks and we didn't have a good day because of transmission problems. Daytona is a good track for us, but that doesn't necessarily mean we'll have a good finish."