How does NASCAR wait out a rain delay? so many ways

Updated: June 10, 2007, 5:00 PM ET
By K. Lee Davis and Marty Smith | ESPN.com

LONG POND, Pa. -- How does NASCAR Nation kill a rain delay? It depends who it is as much as anything.

No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus and Petty Enterprises VP of racing operations Robbie Loomis joked about getting married.

Tony Raines' crew joked about getting the cars on the track to create a vortex that would keep the rain away. One crewman for David Reutimann's team joked his complimentary donut could soak up the moisture on a good 10 square feet of track.

DEI president Max Siegel was busy working the garage area, shaking hands as he went along. How did he pass some of the down time? By watching the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton became the first black driver to win on that circuit.

"Was that great or what?" asked Siegel -- the highest-ranking black executive in NASCAR -- with a broad grin.

As for the crowd, when the sun finally came out at 4:02 p.m. ET, you wouldn't have heard a louder roar if Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just taken the lead with a lap to go.

-- K. Lee Davis

Penske says team not planning switch to Toyota or third car
Roger Penske said Sunday he plans to field two Dodge-backed Nextel Cup Series teams in 2008.

Recent reports said Penske Racing may leave Dodge next season in favor of a move to Toyota, a rumor Penske dismissed.

"Our Dodge commitment is a long-term contract," said Penske, one of the world's largest Toyota dealers. "I read in the paper where we were switching to Toyota. We haven't even talked to them about it."

As for the speculated third team?

"We've looked at whether we'd run an additional car," Penske said. "We haven't made any commitment on it at this point. There's lots of speculation. We've got a lot of moving parts right now. I'm not committing to a third team at this point, at all."

Penske said Indy Racing League star Sam Hornish Jr., who has dabbled in the Busch Series this season, would run the ARCA race next weekend in Michigan.

-- Marty Smith