LONG POND – Allen Iverson would have loved to be a racecar driver on Saturday.
Steady rain showers throughout the morning forced NASCAR to cancel both Sprint Cup practice sessions at Pocono Raceway. Drivers will have to take what they learned during Friday’s practice and qualifying, both dominated by Jimmie Johnson, into Sunday’s Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.
This is my first day at the track. Mike Kuhns and Matt Langan pulled qualifying duty Friday, while I pinch-hit for vacationing sports editor Tom DeSchriver and designed Saturday’s sports section with the help of Jess Kryscio. As usual and expected, the crowd is sparse for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Pennsylvania 200, but it looks like the weather will allow the 80-lap event to be run. Currently I’m in the media center watching the Nationwide Series qualify in Montreal and plotting my first walk through the garage area. It’s needed for two reasons: 1. To see if anything interesting is going on (doubtful considering there were no chances for Kyle Busch to wreck his car in practice like he did back in June); 2. To walk off the two bowls of Honey Nut Cheerios and blueberry bagel I ate for breakfast.
I’ll be back later on to let you know if I found anything interesting and how my stomach is feeling.