Hamilton Lines Up 26Th At Pocono

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LONG POND, Pa. - Because of water continuously seeping through the race track today in Pocono, Pa., NASCAR cancelled qualifying for the Pocono 500. The Winston Cup Series drivers will start according to the rulebook for Sunday’s 200-lap event. Schneider Electric driver Bobby Hamilton will be 26th on the grid.

A tremendous amount of rain has drowned the mountainous Pocono area over the past two days. Although today’s weather was cooperative, the race track would not stop leaking water. NASCAR used every effort to get qualifying in, but finally had to throw in the towel hoping that tomorrow will be drier and the problem will solve itself. In the meantime, they will continue trying to dry the places on the front straightaway and Turn 3 that seemed to be the biggest problem.

Before the team left the 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track, they put the No. 55 Chevrolet in race trim. Saturday will be the first time Hamilton and the other 42 drivers will be on the track, as today’s practice session was also cancelled.

Winston Cup points leader Sterling Marlin will start on the pole. Rookie Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Rusty Wallace round out the Top 5

The Pocono 500 airs live on FOX Sun., June 9 at 1 p.m. (ET).

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