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Top nine qualifiers get ready for pole shootout at IMS

Top nine qualifiers get ready for pole shootout at IMS

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The top nine qualifiers for the shootout are Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Carlos Munoz, Helio Castroneves, Ed Carpenter, Marco Andretti, AJ Allmendinger, EJ Viso, and James Hinchcliffe. 

The nine car shootout for the 500 pole is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with each driver getting one four-lap try for the number one spot. 

Steady showers soaked the track Saturday morning. When the rain stopped at about 11:30 a.m., track officials sent trucks onto the 2.5-mile oval to dry it. Normally, it takes about two hours to get the oval dry, but the sun peeking through the clouds could speed up the process.

Thirty-three driver-car combinations are expected to make qualifying attempts to fill the first 24 starting spots in the 33-car field. The other nine spots will be filled Sunday.

Can't make it to the track today? Watch live timing and scoring here.

Today's weather forecast:

Rain could be a factor in today's Pole Day. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely develop as we head into the afternoon.

Highs will reach 80 degrees.  The entire day will not be a washout, but as we get into the heat of the day, expect rain and storms to pop.

Tonight, rain activity will start to die down as the sun sets.  Temps will be mild for your evening plans.

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