Reutimann gets Dover pole

Four days after first victory, Waltrip driver stays hot

The Associated PressMay 30, 2009 

David Reutimann won the pole Friday at Dover International Speedway, continuing the best week of his Cup career.

Reutimann ran a lap of 156.794 mph to qualify first at Dover, Del., four days after he earned his first career Sprint Cup victory. Reutimann won the Coca-Cola 600 in the rain Monday at Lowe's Motor Speedway. This was the second pole of the season for the Michael Waltrip Racing driver and third of his 76-race career.

Kasey Kahne, using the new Dodge engine, qualified second, and Juan Pablo Montoya was third. Reed Sorenson and Greg Biffle round out the top five.

Like in his victory, Reutimann had to wait out this result. He went out 11th Friday and had to watch other drivers take a crack at knocking him off the pole.

"I'm kind of a nervous person anyway, so waiting around to see if we won the race and then waiting around to see everybody have a shot at us became nerve-wracking over time," he said.

Points leader Jeff Gordon challenged until his No. 24 got loose and slammed into the wall. He'll use his backup car for Sunday's race and start 42nd.

AAA Insurance 200: NASCAR's Camping World Trucks Series race at Dover International Speedway was postponed because of rain and was rescheduled for 6 p.m. today following the Nationwide Series race.

Ron Hornaday Jr. won the pole in qualifying with a lap of 155.541 mph. It was his 21st career pole and second this season.

Mayfield awaits ruling: Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield must wait until next week for a judge to rule whether his suspension for a failed drug test should be overturned.

Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Forrest Bridges set a hearing for Wednesday, saying an immediate ruling was not necessary because Mayfield Motorsports is not racing this weekend.

Mayfield Motorsports did not take the No. 41 to Dover and try to qualify for Sunday's race. J.J. Yeley was originally listed as the driver on the entry list.

Truex near decision: Martin Truex Jr. has a gut feeling about which team he'll join for the 2010 season and expects to announce it in the next few weeks.

Truex is in a contract year with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. He ranks 18th in the Sprint Cup points standings and qualified 15th for Sunday's race at Dover, where he earned his only career Cup victory in 2007.

If Truex doesn't re-sign with EGR, he could jump to the No. 55 of Michael Waltrip Racing if Michael Waltrip steps out of the car. MWR recently signed Truex's teenage brother to a developmental contract.

Kanaan likely: Tony Kanaan is expected to drive in Sunday's ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., despite bumps and bruises suffered in a hard crash at the Indianapolis 500.

Andretti Green Racing made the announcement Friday.

F1 field set: All 10 Formula One teams met the deadline to enter cars for the 2010 season, ending a threatened pullout by Ferrari and others in a dispute over a planned budget cap.

The Formula One Teams Association said it submitted conditional entries from nine teams - Brawn, BMW Sauber, Ferrari, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull, Renault, Toro Rosso and Toyota.

The 10th team on the 2009 grid, Williams, lodged its entry earlier this week.

Toyota plans on race: Toyota-owned Fuji Speedway plans to host the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, despite doubts over the Japanese auto maker's future in Formula One.

Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun reported that Toyota was reviewing its plans to host the 2010 race as the global economic crisis continues to affect the auto industry. The newspaper reported that many officials at Toyota are voicing reservations about the huge cost of staging the race.

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