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The Pit Stop


August 10, 2007 3:57 PM

Cup Qualifying canceled

Nextel Cup qualifying for Sunday's Centurian Boats at the Glen has been canceled. The field will be set by owner points. Inheriting P1 will be points leader, Jeff Gordon. Starting to his left will be Denny Hamlin.

Marcos Ambrose will not make his first Cup start but Canadian road racer, Patrick Carpantier will. The rookie, Carpantier impressed everyone, including Ray Evernham last week at Montreal when he qualified on the pole and finished 3rd. He starts 37th this week in the number 10 Valvoline car.

Amongst those drivers who will be going home disappointed is road racing expert, Boris Said, who funds his number 60 car out of his own pocket. He voiced his frustrations.

"For this to happen two weeks in a row is inexcusable," he said. "NASCAR knew it was going to rain all day today. All there will be after the Busch race tomorrow is sunshine, sunshine, sunshine. They've done it in the past where they've qualified on Saturday so why not roll with the punches? I guess all they care about is the top 35 and not about us small guys. If this keeps up, it is going to put our team out of business."

Klaus Graf, Terry Labonte, A.J. Allmendinger and Brian Simo will also make the long journey home. They will not race on Sunday.

NASCAR Busch Series practice was also canceled due to rain.

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