DOVER, Del. - Even the top stock-car racers in the world won't drive 160 mph in the rain.
So while Wednesday's intermittent showers did not deter the usual crowd of white-haired retirees from taking their favorite spots at the slot machines and blackjack tables in the adjacent casino, Goodyear technicians gazed up at the skies over Dover International Speedway and decided to halt their 2-day tire test more than 4 hours early.
Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick had all parked their cars and cleared out of the state capital by noon, leaving only A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose to spend a sliver of their lunch break with the media.