Qualifying Cancelled in Martinsville: Some Lucky, Others In the Back

Amanda BradeenCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 19:  Jeff Gordon (R), driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, and daughter Ella Sophia stand on pit road prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 19, 2008 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The racing action at Martinsville Speedway this weekend has gotten off to a rough start with qualifying being cancelled due to rain.

For some, this means really good pit selections. However, some drivers may find their place on pit road requiring a lot more work.

Jeff Gordon, the points leader heading into Martinsville, proved to be the luckiest driver so far this race weekend. Because of the washed out qualifying session, Gordon and crew have the pole for Sunday's race due to the top 35 points standings for this season.

That is good news because Gordon starting in first means the No. 24 DuPont Chevy team gets the first pit stall. The first pit stall comes in handy for the race off pit road.

Though he was delighted, Gordon will still be pretty nervous come Sunday since he, along with the other 42 drivers, were not able to make laps on Saturday due to the rain.

Clint Boywer, driver of the No. 33 Cheerios Chevy, said that he had been looking forward to qualifying on Friday as he had a fast car. Bowyer had worked on some strategies while recently testing at Rockingham Speedway.

Carl Edwards spent most of Friday's practice session working with a car that was in race trim. He said his car was not that great and wanted to work on it.

Many drivers were unsure about working on their cars on Friday, feeling it was going to rain on Saturday instead of qualifying. As a result, most teams opted to practice in race type conditions instead of making qualifying, mach runs.

For the teams who are situated 11th place on back in the points standings, track position will be very important at Martinsville, as it is a short and demanding track.

Rain has been the name of the game so far this weekend, washing out practice sessions for the Sprint Cup drivers as well as postponing the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race until Monday afternoon.

So it looks to be a "wing it" situation, as the race day forecast calls for cloudy skies with only a 20 percent chance of precipitation.

Racefans, let's hope that Sunday's weather doesn't ruin what looks to be a good race coming up!