The picture says it all.
The final race weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway is starting off very slow. Rainy conditions for the past two days have all but stopped the tracks festivities planned for Bojangles Pole Night.
At this point all practice sessions have been delayed and Sprint Cup qualifying is in danger of being cancelled.
Jet dryers have been grazing on the track since early morning, except for times where the rain was heavy.
Team representatives have chimed in about the rain situation.
Ryan Pemberton, crew chief for the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota said he wishes the whole mess would be rained out until the race. “If that was to happen I think we’d have an edge. I think our past notes on this place are so much better than anybody else’s.”
On the other end of the spectrum Peter Sospenso, crew chief for the No. 37 Long John Silver’s Dodge feel’s it would be a huge disadvantage. “We have to qualify on speed; we don’t want it to rain.”
All 12 chase drivers have passed through the media center today. Questions ranged from their thoughts on the Hall of Fame inductees, the possibility of no practice or qualifying, and what needs to be done to catch Jimmie Johnson.
All drivers, except Johnson, were asked if they thought the chase was over and Johnson was uncatchable.
Mark Martin, after spending several minutes telling how proud he was of his team, said there is no way the chase is over and anything can happen.
Jeff Burton said he felt Martin was the one to beat this year and will continue to give Jimmie Johnson a run for his money.
Juan Pablo Montoya said it wouldn’t bother him if he won the championship without winning a race. “Hell yes we would be proud, even if we didn’t win a race. We have been trying to win a race, but its all about points.”
Brian Vickers feels they used up all their luck trying to get into the chase. “We certainly have had the worst luck; I think we ran out of mojo.”
Carl Edwards echoed the fact that there were still six races to go and anything can happen. “A lot can happen between now and then. Of course we need an awful to happen for us to have a shot.” Edwards talked a little bit about his future, most importantly his future addition to the family. “Yes, its official, Kate is pregnant. It’s going to be a girl and she is due around mid February.” Of course he said he and Kate were very excited.
While in the media center, Jimmie Johnson announced he was staring in an HBO 24/7 reality show. Filming has already started and the first of four episodes is slated to air January 26th, 2010. The show will be called “Jimmie Johnson, Race to Daytona.”
UPDATE: Sprint Cup practice is about to begin. Cars will have about one hour to practice. Qualifying has been pushed back to 8:40 pm.