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Truex nips Gordon for his first career pole in Texas

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Nextel Cup
November 2, 2007

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Martin Truex Jr.
NASCAR

Ft. Worth, Texas - Martin Truex Jr. captured his first career Bud Pole on Friday in qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex, Jr. turned a lap of 193.105 mph in his DEI Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to beat point leader Jeff Gordon's 192.424 mph lap.

"We have been second a bunch this year, so we’ve been close,” said Truex, who had qualified second quick at Chicagoland, New Hampshire and Martinsville earlier this season. "This is our favorite car."

Former Champ Car and F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick and former Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger rounded out the top five.


AJ Allmendinger
Toyota

“It was awesome. The car was perfect," said Allmendinger after his best Cup qualifying effort to date. "It’s been perfect all day. We brought a brand new car here and it’s just been fantastic. Everybody at the team has been working hard. It came down to that I didn’t want to overdrive the car because I knew we had a chance to put down a good lap. Knowing how early we went, we knew it wouldn’t be a pole lap. But, our goal was just to get solidly in the field -- and that’s what happened.”

"Atlanta showed where I’m growing as a driver, and where our team is growing. We definitely didn’t have a 16th-place car -- we had a 30th to 35th-place car. I’m learning how to survive these races. In Atlanta, I got the ‘Lucky Dog’ twice and held onto it. Next thing you know, you end up with no marks on your car and finish in the top-20 -- and that’s what I’m looking for. Honestly, six months earlier I would have wrecked at lap 100 just trying to hang on to the car. We’re learning and getting better and that’s what’s important.”

Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and Mark Martin completed the first ten qualifiers.

Five drivers failed to qualify for Sunday's race: Michael Waltrip, Burney Lamar, John Andretti, Kevin Lepage and Ward Burton.

Sunday's Dickies 500 will take the green flag at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND LEADER
1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 193.105 27.964 -0.000
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 192.424 28.063 -0.099
3 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 192.417 28.064 -0.100
4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 192.239 28.090 -0.126
5 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 192.239 28.090 -0.126
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 192.164 28.101 -0.137
7 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko's 192.130 28.106 -0.142
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 192.068 28.115 -0.151
9 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 191.904 28.139 -0.175
10 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 191.605 28.183 -0.219
11 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 191.557 28.190 -0.226
12 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 191.449 28.206 -0.242
13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories 191.388 28.215 -0.251
14 36 Mike Skinner Toyota 360 OTC 191.381 28.216 -0.252
15 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 191.327 28.224 -0.260
16 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Moen / Menards 191.286 28.230 -0.266
17 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's 191.272 28.232 -0.268
18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock / DEWALT 191.191 28.244 -0.280
19 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers Lifetime Powertrain Warranty / UAW 191.022 28.269 -0.305
20 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Proto Tools / Valvoline 191.022 28.269 -0.305
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 190.981 28.275 -0.311
22 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 190.941 28.281 -0.317
23 16 Greg Biffle Ford Jackson Hewitt 190.887 28.289 -0.325
24 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Special Reserve 190.813 28.300 -0.336
25 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers Lifetime Powertrain Warranty / UAW 190.665 28.322 -0.358
26 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 190.665 28.322 -0.358
27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 190.570 28.336 -0.372
28 40 David Stremme Dodge HomeLife Communities 190.476 28.350 -0.386
29 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 190.181 28.394 -0.430
30 21 Bill Elliott Ford Delimex 190.034 28.416 -0.452
31 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 189.860 28.442 -0.478
32 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 189.820 28.448 -0.484
33 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 189.807 28.450 -0.486
34 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M's 189.640 28.475 -0.511
35 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 189.620 28.478 -0.514
36 66 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Best Buy 189.580 28.484 -0.520
37 45 Kyle Petty Dodge National Tire & Battery 189.354 28.518 -0.554
38 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 188.114 28.706 -0.742
39 88 Ricky Rudd+ Ford Snickers 187.983 28.726 -0.762
40 96 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet DLP HDTV 187.911 28.737 -0.773
41 7 Robby Gordon+ Ford MAPEI / Menards 187.298 28.831 -0.867
42 70 Johnny Sauter+ Chevrolet FleetPride / Yellow 186.651 28.931 -0.967
43 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 189.321 28.523 -0.559
Did Not Qualify
44 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 189.082 28.559 -0.595
45 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 188.917 28.584 -0.620
46 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 188.436 28.657 -0.693
47 208 Burney Lamar Dodge rhino's energy drink 186.419 28.967 -1.003
48 34 Kevin Lepage Dodge MyAutoLoan.com 184.332 29.295 -1.331

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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