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Stewart wins pole in Texas

First pole for Tony in 5 Years
Friday, April 16, 2010

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Tony Stewart

Last week in Phoenix, Ryan Newman put Stewart-Haas Racing in the spotlight with his victory. On Friday in Texas, Tony Stewart kept his company atop the Cup leaderboard by winning the pole for Sunday's race -- his first Cup pole since 2005.

“I am real happy with our lap," said Stewart. "I’m not normally a very good qualifying so that is a great great run for our Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy. I want to thank Hendrick chassis and engines. This one is for everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing. They have really been working hard."

Sam Hornish Jr. posted the 2nd fastest time followed by Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne.

"We’re real close now to where we were at in Atlanta even though we have the spoiler now," said Hornish. "I was real happy with our car at Atlanta. If we have a car here that runs anything like what we did at Atlanta and starting where we are this weekend, we’re going to lead some laps. So, I’m looking forward to Sunday for sure.”

Stewart will start from the front in his 400th career race in NASCAR's top series after turning in a qualifying lap of 191.327 mph on Friday.

It's been 155 races since Stewart last started on the pole, at Martinsville in October 2005.

Race Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 191.327 28.224 Leader
2 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 191.232 28.238 -0.014
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Post-it 190.900 28.287 -0.063
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 190.880 28.290 -0.066
5 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 190.712 28.315 -0.091
6 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 190.255 28.383 -0.159
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 190.248 28.384 -0.160
8 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 190.188 28.393 -0.169
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 190.121 28.403 -0.179
10 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army ROTC 190.000 28.421 -0.197
11 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 189.900 28.436 -0.212
12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Special Forces / DuPont 189.833 28.446 -0.222
13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 189.753 28.458 -0.234
14 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 189.707 28.465 -0.241
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 189.454 28.503 -0.279
16 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 189.381 28.514 -0.290
17 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Insignia / Best Buy 189.029 28.567 -0.343
18 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 188.910 28.585 -0.361
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 188.871 28.591 -0.367
20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts 188.864 28.592 -0.368
21 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 188.811 28.600 -0.376
22 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 188.778 28.605 -0.381
23 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 188.772 28.606 -0.382
24 55 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 188.745 28.610 -0.386
25 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 188.699 28.617 -0.393
26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 188.692 28.618 -0.394
27 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 188.640 28.626 -0.402
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black 188.633 28.627 -0.403
29 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 188.567 28.637 -0.413
30 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet HendrickCars.com / GoDaddy.com 188.317 28.675 -0.451
31 37 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 188.094 28.709 -0.485
32 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Tom Thumb / Viva 188.088 28.710 -0.486
33 66 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 187.996 28.724 -0.500
34 09 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / GracewayPharmaceuticals 187.944 28.732 -0.508
35 34 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 187.859 28.745 -0.521
36 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 187.839 28.748 -0.524
37 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Abyss by Mobigloo 187.826 28.750 -0.526
38 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Monster Energy 187.676 28.773 -0.549
39 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Hunt Brothers Pizza 187.169 28.851 -0.627
40 38 Kevin Conway* Ford Extenze 186.780 28.911 -0.687
41 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Rick Perry for Governor 186.645 28.932 -0.708
42 83 Brian Vickers+ Toyota Red Bull 185.370 29.131 -0.907
43 132 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 187.071 28.866 -0.642
Did Not Qualify
44 26 David Stremme Ford Latitude 43, Inc. 186.554 28.946 -0.722
45 46 Terry Cook* Dodge Whitney Motorsports 186.021 29.029 -0.805
46 36 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Wave Energy Drink 181.990 29.672 -1.448

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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