BNS: Watkins Glen Saturday wrap-up

Watkins Glen, NY (August 12, 2000) -- For the second consecutive day, fickle weather played havoc with the practice, qualifying and racing schedule at Watkins Glen International. The good news for racing fans is that weather "experts" predict a...

Watkins Glen, NY (August 12, 2000) -- For the second consecutive day, fickle weather played havoc with the practice, qualifying and racing schedule at Watkins Glen International. The good news for racing fans is that weather "experts" predict a nice day for tomorrow's Global Crossing
The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race.

The bizarre day featured the fastest driver in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series morning practice session (Borris Said) nearly missing the race and was capped by a "Happy Half- Hour"on wet tires and a normal "Happy Hour"after the track dried.

The day began with an hour long practice for tomorrow's Global Crossing
The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. Qualifying was quickly scrapped after a heavy downpour hit the backstretch while the rest of the track remained dry. Only a dozen drivers attempted to qualify before the rain started.

the glen.com 150 Presented by Pepsi NASCAR Busch North Series race was scheduled to start immediately after Winston Cup qualifying. The weather cleared quickly and NASCAR officials decided to start the Busch North race as scheduled at Noon. That decision put points leader Bobby Labonte on the pole, caused a couple of regulars to miss the race and put part-timers Ron Fellows and Todd Bodine in the show.

How is that possible? NASCAR rules in such a situation call for the first 35 positions to be filled by driver points, the 36th position by a past Winston Cup Champion not in the top 35, (Darrell Waltrip) and spots 37-43 determined by the qualifying draw. Road race expert Boris Said and regulars Scott Pruett and Brett Bodine were forced to go home as a result, while part time road racing whiz Ron Fellows made the race and will drive the No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet owned by Joe Nemechek.

Andy Santerre won the glen.com 150 presented by Pepsi from the pole. The race was red-flagged because of rain after 56 laps. "A win is a win they always say," Santerre said. "We really had a good car. It's hard to say what would have gone wrong (if it didn't rain), but we were o.k. if it did go back to green."

Less than two hours later, Winston Cup drivers took to the track with wet tires before the sun appeared. NASCAR officials then called the drivers back in and decided to let the track dry. Nearly 45 minutes later, a "Happy Hour" session started with normal Goodyear tires. Fastest in Happy Hour was Jeff Gordon with a speed of 121.387 mph and Ron Fellows at 121.376 mph. Tony Stewart was third quickest at 121.300 mph.

Tickets are still available for tomorrow by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 607-535-2481 or by visiting Tickets will also be available at the gate tomorrow or at participating Tops Friendly Markets at tickets.com.

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Series NASCAR , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine , Jeff Gordon , Darrell Waltrip , Tony Stewart , Todd Bodine , Ron Fellows , Scott Pruett