Watkins Glen: GM teams qualifying rain notes

Watkins Glen, NY -- Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard/Amp Energy Impala SS, will start on the outside of the front row for the Centurion Boats at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Watkins Glen International. For the fifth...

Watkins Glen, NY -- Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard/Amp Energy Impala SS, will start on the outside of the front row for the Centurion Boats at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Watkins Glen International. For the fifth time this season, qualifying was cancelled due to rain, setting the 43-car field by provisions set forth in the rule book.

"It is good for us if we can maintain the track position all day," said Earnhardt, Jr. "That is really going to be the key, just trying to maintain it. It gives us a good opportunity so we don't really have to try certain strategies like we have in the past to get there. We can really kind of go off any strategy we want and feel like it is best for us and we don't have to make any sacrifices anywhere during the race unless we lose that track position and have to gain it back some way or another."

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, will start fourth with Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT & T Impala SS, rolling off in the fifth starting position.

Four-time winner at The Glen, Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, will take the green flag in sixth position. Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS, also a former Watkins Glen winner, has the 11th starting spot. Clint Bowyer, No. 07 DIRECTV Impala SS, will start 12th in the order.

A total of 14 Impala SS drivers will start the race. Kyle Busch will start on the pole and Carl Edwards will roll of third, the only two non-Chevy drivers in the top-five.

Race No. 22 of the 2008 season is scheduled to take the green flag Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Live coverage will be provided by ESPN, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch