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Goodyear brought rain tires to Watkins Glen because of the forecast. Saturday's Zippo 200 won by Kurt Busch would have been run in the rain, if necessary, and the tires were still in the garage on Sunday. They were scheduled to be shipped on Tuesday to Montreal for next Saturday's Nationwide race.
Though the Sprint Cup series has used rain tires in practice at Watkins Glen, King said there are still no plans to use them in a race.
The Rolex Grand-Am Series also has raced in the rain at The Glen.
"Those (Grand-Am) cars have a lot more downforce built into them," said Greg Zipadelli, crew chief for Joey Logano's No. 20 Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing. "These cars are way off those cars. I think that's why you don't see us racing in the rain. The Nationwide cars don't have the torque these cars do. That's why they can race in the rain."
Next week's race is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday in Michigan, and more delays at Watkins Glen won't sit well with crew members.
"For the drivers, it's probably not that big a deal," said David Reutimann, who drives the 00 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. "You've got to end up looking at all those guys that are on the road. That gives them less time to prepare for the next week.
"The guys here on my team, we fly in here on Thursday, so from Thursday to Sunday they work and sometimes they give them off on Monday. It wears on the guys a lot, not so much drivers."
"It doesn't bother me," added Allmendinger, who's also seeking his first Cup victory. "Of course, you'd like to be racing right now, but this is part of it and this is the way it works. I know we've got a fast racecar, and when we drop the green we'll be there."
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