Busch gets pole after qualifying rained out at Watkins Glen

Updated: August 8, 2008, 7:10 PM ET
Associated Press

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- For the fourth time in five years, Sprint Cup qualifying has been canceled at Watkins Glen International.

It began raining just as the Cup cars were about to hit the track for their first practice at noon on Friday, and although the track was nearly dry by 2:45 p.m., NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the day's schedule did not afford enough time.

NASCAR was forced to fill the race field by points, giving series leader Kyle Busch his third pole start of the season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start second, Carl Edwards third and Jimmie Johnson fourth.

A Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race was scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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