APR Car Lines Up 28Th

BROOKLYN, Mich. – With only 19 cars qualified, the rain sprinkled enough to wet the Michigan International Speedway and postpone Friday’s qualifying. The drivers went back to their haulers and waited two hours until NASCAR informed them that the track was dry and qualifying would resume.

After the rain delay, Hamilton was the 11th car on the race track to qualify. He toured the 2-mile speedway in 38.677 seconds and will start 28th in this weekend’s Sirius Satellite Radio 400.

“I don’t think the lap I turned was a good judge of how this car will be in the race,” Hamilton said as he watched the rest of qualifying on FOX Sports Net. “It felt loose as I drove the first lap and I couldn’t get the wheel turned where I wanted it. On my second lap, I tried to go lower on the apron and picked up some speed. It was a good ride though.

“I think we’ll be pretty good if we can get this weather to hold off tomorrow (for practice). We are starting around some good cars and that can help us when the race starts. If we can get some practice runs in tomorrow, I think this car will be really smooth for Sunday’s race. I like it here and want to keep our momentum we’ve been working on going. (Crew chief) Jimmy (Elledge) and I have talked about some things that we want to try for the race. So hopefully Sunday we’ll be pretty strong.”

Dale Jarrett captured the Bud Pole Award with a time of 38.081 seconds. Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bill Elliott and Ward Burton follow Jarrett in the Top 5.

The Sirius Satellite Radio 400 airs live on FOX Sun., June 16 at 1 p.m. (ET).

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