IRL: Texas Weather cancels IRL qualifying; truck race still on

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 5, 2001) - Rainy weather moving through the Fort Worth-Dallas area on Friday forced the cancellation of qualifying for Saturday's Chevy 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series event. Based on Indy Racing League rules, the ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 5, 2001) - Rainy weather moving through the Fort Worth-Dallas area on Friday forced the cancellation of qualifying for Saturday's Chevy 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series event. Based on Indy Racing League rules, the drivers will line-up based on entrant points putting series champion Sam Hornish, Jr. on the pole for the race.

Friday night's Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is still scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. green flag start as planned.

The Indy Racing League attempted to run a limited practice session Friday afternoon on the new racing surface, but the weather did not cooperate. The drivers will have an extended practice session on Saturday morning. The IRL determined it was more important that the drivers get a couple of hours of side-by-side practice on the new track than it was to hold qualifying.

"The Chevy 500 will go off as scheduled tomorrow and the weather looks great," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "The IRL always puts on the races of the season here in Texas and we expect another classic Saturday with the Chevy 500.

"The NASCAR Craftsman Truck drivers were very pleased with the track. We're glad to have given them a great new, smooth surface to put on their show. I'm sure it will be a great race tonight."

The pole sitter for tonight's race is Scott Riggs who set a new track record of 181.953 mph.

- Texas Motor Speedway

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Scott Riggs , Sam Hornis