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Rain hands Stewart pole at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Rain washed out Sprint Cup qualifying, putting Tony Stewart on the pole at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR set the field on points Friday, allowing last week's winner Jimmie Johnson to start second. Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards round out the top five. Only 43 teams are at the track, so every car qualifies for Sunday's race. Stewart, who holds a 192-point lead in the standings against Johnson, won the June race at Pocono.
IRL: Drainage problems wiped out qualifying for today's IndyCar race at Sparta, Ky. The IRL set the 23-car field Friday. Season points leader Scott Dixon will start from the pole, with Target Chip Ganassi teammate Dario Franchitti starting on the outside of Row 1. A series of storms this week dumped more than five inches of rain on the track, and water kept seeping through the concrete throughout the day. Crews spent most of the day scrambling to keep the track dry. Dixon won last year when Helio Castroneves ran out of gas on the final lap. MASSA UPDATE: Felipe Massa's doctor says the Formula One driver will return home to Brazil on Monday. Dino Altman said at AEK hospital in Budapest, Hungary, that Massa is "in a good mood and in good shape" and wants to race again as soon as possible. Altman didn't reveal how long Massa's full recovery would take but said the Brazilian would not need "special treatment" to overcome his injuries.
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