Cups Second Round Rained Out

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DOVER, Del. -- Because of heavy rains in the area on Saturday morning, second round NASCAR Winston Cup Series qualifying was canceled and Friday’s times will set the top-36 positions in the 43-car field for the MBNA.com 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway on Sunday.

The rains meant two drivers -- Joe Bessey and Hut Stricklin-- failed to qualify for the race.

And perhaps luckily, it meant Darrell Waltrip, who qualified 36th on Friday in first-round time trials, will be in the field in that same spot for his final start at Dover Downs.

Bessey owns and drives for his own race team after firing veteran driver Geoffrey Bodine two weeks ago. Stricklin was trying to make his way into his sixth race of the season, failing to do so in a Ford owned by legendary car owner Junie Donlavey.

The biggest name not making the race on speed and needing to take a provisional starting position for the second straight race was seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt who will start 37th. Rounding out the rest of the 43-car field, in order behind Earnhardt, were Sterling Marlin, Stacy Compton, Brett Bodine, Dave Marcis, Carl Long and Steve Grissom.

To illustrate how complicated the NASCAR provisional process is, Long made the race despite not driving in an event all season. He did make the field for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May, but the Long team sold their car to Darrell Waltrip who bought his way into NASCAR’s longest race of the year.

The MBNA.com 400 is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start on Sunday.

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