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Rain Puts Stewart On Pocono Pole

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, July 31 2009
Mother Nature has put Tony Stewart and his fuzzy dice on the pole at Pocono. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCA

Mother Nature has put Tony Stewart and his fuzzy dice on the pole at Pocono. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCA

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Rain has forced the cancelation of Sprint Cup qualifying at Pocono Raceway so the starting field for Sunday’s race will be set by points.

That means Tony Stewart will be on the pole. In the front row with Stewart on Sunday will be Jimmie Johnson.

“I’ll take it,” Stewart said of the pole and the pits stall selection which comes with it. “I am all for raining because of that. That is a selfish reason obviously. It would be nice to get on the race track today and get our practice session in. I’m OK if qualifying gets rained out. Really was a benefit having that first pit selection last time, especially our situation of myself crashing the car in practice and having to go to the back for race day. That helped us gain a lot of spots on pit road. It helped take what should have been an extremely long day and make it a good day.”

The second row in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 will consist of Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch.

In even bigger news out of Pocono, Johnson showed up without the beard he has been wearing most of the year.

“Well, I won two (races) with the beard,” Johnson said, “so (teammate Gordon) tried giving me that crap with the race was over and man, we won two; if we don’t win two more, then the beard’s coming back. But I might have to grow it back sometime here soon, just to get under his skin. Anything I can do to get under his skin, I enjoy those moments.”

More news at Pocono concerned Johnson’s sponsor. Lowe’s will not return as corporate sponsor of the NASCAR track in Charlotte, N.C., and the track will revert to its former name, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“I just heard about it today myself,” Johnson said when asked his reaction. “I’m not in the loop on what Lowe’s does and what they choose to do in marketing and advertising. So my focus is really on the car. It’s unfortunate.”

He said his car sponsorship with Lowe’s still has two years left on it.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, July 31 2009
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