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Tough setup, bad timing

Updated: October 10, 2001, 1:28 PM ET
By Jay Sauter | Special to ESPN.com

Sauter We had a pretty tough day in Charlotte last Saturday. It was the kind of day every member of the team would just as soon forget.

We were one of 48 teams who showed up to make a qualifying attempt to earn a starting position. After a two-hour practice Friday morning, qualifying was held under ever-changing weather conditions, sometimes sunny, sometimes overcast skies. We posted a fast lap of 176.097 mph to earn the 29th starting position.

After a rain delay of almost three ...

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