Early rain at Rockingham causes Friday delays

Weather is once again wreaking havoc with the NASCAR Winston Cup series. After a soggy and rain-shortened Daytona 500 last weekend, rain is once again threatening for the Rockingham race weekend. The drizzle has delayed Winston Cup practice and ...

Weather is once again wreaking havoc with the NASCAR Winston Cup series. After a soggy and rain-shortened Daytona 500 last weekend, rain is once again threatening for the Rockingham race weekend. The drizzle has delayed Winston Cup practice and qualifying for Cup and Busch series teams.

Currently, they are trying to dry the track, but a 70% chance of rain looms in the forecast.

Busch series teams performed their practice early Friday before a brief shower sent the jet blowers out to dry the speedway surface.

Winston Cup practice, which was scheduled for 11:20 a.m. was delayed as another storm front moved in and re-wetted the track surface. If Mother Nature cooperates, Cup cars will attempt a practice session at 2:00 p.m. with qualifying following shortly after that for both series.

If the weather does not subside, owner points for the Busch and Cup races Saturday and Sunday will set the field.

UPDATE: 3:00 p.m.

One of the two Winston Cup scheduled practices did get underway with Ryan Newman leading the way with a speed of 155.630 mph. Newman was followed by Ken Schrader, Joe Nemechek, Mark Martin and Kurt Busch.

Busch Series qualifying has started and will be followed immediately by Cup qualifying.

UPDATE: 5:00 p.m.

Busch Series qualified with David Green on the pole at 154.429 mph in his Pontiac. Followed by:
Jamie McMurray (Dodge), Scott Riggs (Ford), Kasey Kahne (Ford), and Jason Keller (Ford). Complete story to follow Winston Cup qualifying.

UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.

Dave Blaney takes his first Bud Pole at Rockingham in a day delayed by rain showers and other gremlins. Blaney sat in the Jasper Motorsports transporter after his qualifying speed of 154.683 mph as he awaited the rest of drivers to make the attempt.

The Ford driver is followed by: Johnny Benson (Pontiac), Mark Martin (Ford), Sterling Marlin (Dodge), and Bill Elliott (Dodge).

Motorsport.com's Linda Przygodski will have full report later.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jason Keller , Ken Schrader , Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Johnny Benson , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne , Dave Blaney , Mark Martin