Cup Qualifying, Live From Loudon by Kellyanne Lynch
27 June 2008
Michael Waltrip qualified 36th for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His 29.995-second lap at 126.981 MPH was 0.646 seconds behind Patrick Carpentier, who picked up his first pole in just seventeen Cup Series starts. David Reutimann qualified 29th with a 29.821-second lap at 127.722 MPH (0.472 seconds behind Carpentier), and Michael McDowell was 38th, (30.027 seconds / 126.846 MPH , 0.678 seconds).
McDowell was the 20th driver to take time.
"04 and 02," his crew chief, Bill Pappas, told him. "Temps, Michael?"
Although Mikey was slated to go out next, David's #44 was the next car on track. Due to an engine change, the #55 was allowed to qualify later.
David was on track at 3:46pm ET.
After his run, crew chief Ryan Pemberton said, "All right, that was an 88 and 82. How's your water temp right there?"
"200," David replied.
A downpour hit the track at 3:35pm. Qualifying resumed with Kyle Busch at 5:47pm, and everybody cheered.
Mikey asked over his radio," What did Kyle run?"
Crew chief Bobby Kennedy said Busch had slid a little bit but nothing else.
"But what did he run?"
Busch would ultimately rank 27th. Mikey was on track next at 5:49pm.
"I'm just way too loose," he said after his run.
"30 flat, 29.99," Bobby read off his times.
"I just really couldn't do nothing," Mikey stated. "I had to back the corner up so much on the second lap. Really loose early centre."
Bobby said it would be okay and that they would get in race mode the next day.