By HEATHER WILLIAMS
2:50 PM CDT, May 14, 2011
So as I was out doing a little shopping today in Hays, America, I went to the smart phone to find out who was on the pole Sunday in Dover. When I checked it I saw two things, first qualifying was rained out, and two Jimmie Johnson was on the pole. Wait what? Jimmie's not the points leader, at least not yet.
And it's true, he's not, but he is on the pole. That's because of NASCAR's chance in the qualifying procedures when it rains. And Dover is the first test of the new rules. That put JJ up front, with AJ Allmendinger next to him.
Dale Earnhardt, Junior will start the race third and he says it definitely changes the way they approach practice.
"You know it kinda has a different way of working and you kinda want to run some fast laps at practice to set your self up with a decent position and qualifying order," said Junior. "That way if for any reason qualifying is rained out you set yourself with a good starting spot."
It is different, and I see the the reason for doing it when it comes to the back of the field, you want to have the fastest cars in the race, and this does that for the group of cars not in the top 35 in points, known as "go or go home." They still have to go or go home.
But part of me wishes that the front of the field was still set by points. I just seems like a good reward for the driver who has run the most consistant through out the season.
In any event, it will probably make for better racing at the start of the race, the fastest cars will be up front, in theory. Still I'm a NASCAR fan and you know how much we hate change.
"It's different but it sort of serves its purpose," said Junior. "It does make practice a little more interesting as you are trying to manipulate the system a little bit to make it an advantage for you."
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