Rain, rain, go away..
Rain has been the topic of the weekend at Martinsville, this weekend. With Cup qualifying and the truck race rained out the weather has made a big dent in the schedule this weekend. Cup cars very limited practice, and the trucks even though they got qualifying in they too were limited in practice. Now we go to points to set the lineup, this gives us a problem, we are going to have cars with very limited practice, and the line up is not the fastest at the front. So is it going to be a crashfest? Very well could be. If they can get thru the first 30 lap without a major pileup we should be good to go. The top ten in practice is not the ones who will be stating up there, and it is a shame, the 47 of Ambrose has a very good practice, as did the 42 of Montoya, 00 of Ruitemann, and the 33 of Boyer. The top 30 in practice were only separated by .25 seconds. So the field is fast and close which should provide for some good racing but since it is so hard to pass at this track, I look to see lots of rooting, getting into the corner, that ad out braking getting in the corners. The super team of HMS has all 4 cars in the top 16 practice speeds with Gordon in the 24 leading the way in 3rd, Martin in the 5 in 10th but he scrapped the wall during his last run but only got minor sheet metal damage, not enough to go to a back up car. Johnson, and Earnhardt Jr. coming in 15th and 16th. But Jr. is only .15 seconds behind in practice times. Now how many drivers were making race runs and how many were in qualifying setups? Now that is the question. And how much has the track changed? All these are questions that only time will tell. The top 3 in speeds in practice, Hamlin who led practice will start 8th, Harvick who was 2nd in practice will start 12th and Gordon who was 3rd fastest in practice will start on the pole. Juan Montoya who was 4th fastest will start in 15th. This should prove testing for some drivers who know they have a fast car trying to get up front before they leader laps them. I hope everyones drivers has a good day and we will see you at the races! The dr.