NASCAR Brickyard Qualifying: Mark Martin Had the Right Wax

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on July 25, 2009 12:17 pm

The jet dryers were out on Indy this morning for the qualifying of the NASCAR Brickyard 400.  Rain pounded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  In previous years, qualifying probably would have been moved to Sunday.  But after last year’s tire debacle, NASCAR was going to do everything possible to reward the patient fans.

Teams had anticipated overcast conditions, and when qualifying finally did begin, the sun was indeed hiding.  Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya took advantage of a cool track to take the top two qualifying spots.  For 50-year-old Martin, it was his fourth pole of the year.

Then the sun came out, raising track the temperature 15 degrees.  Teams and their drivers started stickin’ in the snow.  Save for a surprise fourth for Bill Elliot, the top qualifiers all ran their laps in the shade.

It is the 100th birthday for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Indy, the speedway equivalent of the Hahnenkamm downhill.  Although the Kitzbuhel track is a much sprier, albeit still a geriatric, 79-years-old.

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