UPDATED: Rain washes out Truck and Cup qualifying, tonight’s Truck race iffy at Chicagoland Speedway

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UPDATE No. 2 (6 pm ET): Friday’s qualifying for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race has also been washed out by rain. With Kyle Busch being fastest in the early afternoon practice session earlier in the day, he will start Sunday’s race from the pole. Ryan Newman will start on the outside pole.

“Practice went well for us,” Busch said. “Our guys got us to where we needed to be. … TRD made some improvements for this weekend’s race. There’s a lot of things that need to happen in the race Sunday for us to get off to a good start and carry for the next 10 weeks.”

UPDATE (4:30 pm ET): Qualifying for tonight’s Camping World Truck Series has been cancelled due to rain. The starting lineup will be set based upon Thursday’s practice session. Also at this time, it’s looking more doubtful that the Sprint Cup qualifying session scheduled for 6:45 pm ET will take place, which could prompt NASCAR to set the field for Sunday’s race off Friday’s sole practice session. Kyle Busch was fastest in that session.

ORIGINAL STORY:

JOLIET, Ill. — NASCAR officials are muttering a very nasty four-letter word here at Chicagoland Speedway: R-A-I-N.

Shortly after Friday afternoon’s Sprint Cup practice session ended, a misty drizzle descended upon the 1.5-mile track, located about 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

The drizzle is a definite threat to not only this afternoon’s qualifying sessions for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as for the Camping World Truck Series race which is scheduled for later tonight. Truck qualifying was scheduled to go off at 3:15 pm ET, but it’s delayed indefinitely at this writing.

Cup qualifying is slated for 6:45 pm ET, about an hour before the green flag is scheduled to drop for the Lucas Oil 225 Truck race.

Unfortunately, the drizzle is a sign of things to come: a large front of storms is approaching the Chicago area. The front stretches back more than 150 miles to west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And there’s another front behind that which extends to past Ford Dodge in the upper-middle part of the state.

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