Pocono: Tony Raines race report

Rain Ends Long Day for Raines, DLP HDTV Team Tony Raines struggled with an ill-handling car throughout much of the Pocono 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race and finished a disappointing 36th. Raines, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet for...

Rain Ends Long Day for Raines, DLP HDTV Team

Tony Raines struggled with an ill-handling car throughout much of the Pocono 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race and finished a disappointing 36th.

Raines, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet for Hall of Fame Racing, started 17th, but could never get the car to handle to his liking on the 2.5-mile triangular Pocono Raceway in Long Pong, Pa.

"We just couldn't get it where it needed to be," Raines said. "It wasn't for a lack of effort. Brandon (Thomas, crew chief) and the DLP guys tried everything. We just couldn't get it do drive right."

If having a poor-handling car wasn't bad enough, Raines and the DLP crew suffered through a nearly three-hour rain delay, as well as a shortened race, which means they had even less time to work on the car to get it better.

The race, which was originally supposed to start at 2 p.m. (EDT), did not start until just after 5 p.m. due to morning rains. It then became a race against time as more rain was on the way and the race needed to get to the 101-lap mark before it could be called.

The rain held off until Lap 106, when heavy showers fell on Turns 1 and 2. After just a little less than an hour of waiting, the race was called at around 7:30 p.m. (EDT), 94 laps shy of the scheduled distance.

Raines fell to 24th in driver points with 1,273 points. Raines is 976 points behind leader Jeff Gordon and 36 points back of 23rd -place Casey Mears.

-credit: hofr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Raines
Teams Hall of Fame Racing