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Rain gives Chase drivers top spots

Updated: September 18, 2004, 12:05 PM ET
Associated Press

LOUDON, N.H. -- It was an inauspicious start to the 10-race playoff for NASCAR's Nextel Cup championship with rain washing out qualifying Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Only 16 cars ran laps on to the 1.058-mile oval before rain began falling. NASCAR officials waited more than an hour before deciding to set the lineup for Sunday's Sylvania 300 mostly by car-owner points.

Jamie McMurray was the fastest of the drivers who did run, turning a lap of 131.975 mph. ...

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