Rain ruins Saturday's slate; doubleheader planned
March 29, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
With heavy showers still present and no lights at the 0.526-mile track, officials called the race off at approximately 4:15 p.m. ET.
NASCAR announced that the race is rescheduled for Sunday after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (FOX, 1 p.m. ET). The STP 500 Cup event will drop the green flag at 1:13 p.m. ET, according to NASCAR officials, with the Kroger 250 to follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET. FOX Sports 1 will carry the Truck Series race.
On Saturday, the track announced Sprint Cup ticket holders are free to stay for the Truck Series nightcap. The track will honor previously sold general-admission truck race tickets, and those fans are allowed to enter the track after Lap 100.
Sunday will mark the first time NASCAR has scheduled two complete races for the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series on the same day. On Aug. 7, 2011 at Pocono Raceway, Brad Keselowski won a full-distance Sprint Cup race and Kevin Harvick prevailed in the resumption of a Truck Series event that started the previous day. The truck race was red-flagged after 17 laps Saturday, then the remaining 33 were completed Sunday.
The Sprint Cup Series was scheduled to kick off Saturday's activities with a practice session at 10 a.m. ET, but Air Titan 2 track dryers were out at that time and the session was scrubbed. Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award on Friday.
Drivers in the Truck Series were moments away from getting on the track for qualifying after a 20-minute delay when light showers forced NASCAR officials to cancel that session.
The lineup was set according to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book -- there were two practices on Friday, and NASCAR will take each driver's best time from either practice to set the field. That means Darrell Wallace Jr., who led the opening session with a speed of 96.662 mph, is on the pole.
The final Sprint Cup Series practice didn't have better luck. Scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, the scheduled 50-minute session was called off just after 12:30 p.m.
Sprint Cup drivers had 90 minutes of practice time Friday, followed by a group qualifying session.
Rain hit a little bit on Friday during the Truck Series' second practice session on the 0.526-mile track. Intermittent showers continually forced the trucks briefly to pit road in the session before Cup qualifying. The practice was called approximately 10 minutes early.