Rain forces early halt to Dover Truck practice
May 29, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Rain washed out all but 10 minutes of Thursday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Dover International Speedway, forcing race officials to set the starting lineup for the series' fifth race of the season by the rule book.
A 60-minute and a 90-minute session were originally scheduled at the Monster Mile ahead of Friday's Lucas Oil 200 (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), but heavy rain at Thursday's 1:30 p.m. ET scheduled start of on-track activity forced race officials to abbreviate the schedule to just one 75-minute practice.
The NASCAR Air Titan track-drying system prepared the mile-long concrete oval, but only 26 of the 35 trucks entered got on the track in the approximately 10-minute window before more rain washed away the rest of the day's schedule.
As a result of minimal practice time on the track Thursday, Keystone Light Pole Qualifying was canceled and that time will now serve as final practice for the Truck Series.
The lineup will be set by the rule book meaning Kyle Busch, whose No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota is atop the team owners points, will start from the pole in Friday's race. Busch, who was fastest in the limited practice time at 156.488 mph, won the 200-miler last year and has three wins this season in the series.
Current points leader and defending series champion Matt Crafton will start second alongside Busch on the front row. Red Horse Racing teammates German Quiroga Jr. and Timothy Peters will share the second row in third and fourth, respectively, and Tyler Reddick completes the top five starters.