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Sadler gets much needed pole in Texas

NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying
Friday, November 05, 2010

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Elliott Sadler
Everything happens in NASCAR for a reason, or is it just by the grace of God?  Elliott Sadler has won his first Sprint Cup pole in more than four years with a dominating run in Texas.

Sadler zipped around the high-banked 1 1/2-mile track at 195.397 mph Friday, nearly 2 mph better than front-row partner Greg Biffle. Fords will start 1-2-3.  After getting trounced by Chevy all year long, God shined his light on them too.

Sadler's Cup future is uncertain after Richard Petty Motorsports switched his primary sponsor to Marcos Ambrose for next year. Sadler hasn't been on the pole since the 2006 spring race in Talladega. His last win was Sept. 5, 2004, in California.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson qualified 17th for the race Sunday. He's locked in a tight battle for the championship with Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. Harvick is 26th on the starting grid, and Hamlin 30th.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 195.397 27.636 Leader
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross 193.652 27.885 -0.249
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 193.646 27.886 -0.250
4 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Lysol 193.479 27.910 -0.274
5 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 193.424 27.918 -0.282
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Operation Home Front / Miller Lite 193.375 27.925 -0.289
7 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 193.320 27.933 -0.297
8 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 193.216 27.948 -0.312
9 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 193.174 27.954 -0.318
10 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Valvoline 193.092 27.966 -0.330
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 193.078 27.968 -0.332
12 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 192.775 28.012 -0.376
13 9 Aric Almirola Ford Budweiser 192.603 28.037 -0.401
14 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 192.369 28.071 -0.435
15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 191.993 28.126 -0.490
16 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 191.986 28.127 -0.491
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 191.939 28.134 -0.498
18 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Outdoors Mossy Oak 191.891 28.141 -0.505
19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black 191.884 28.142 -0.506
20 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 191.768 28.159 -0.523
21 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA / Susan G Komen for the Cure Signature 191.748 28.162 -0.526
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 191.741 28.163 -0.527
23 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 191.673 28.173 -0.537
24 83 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 191.598 28.184 -0.548
25 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 191.564 28.189 -0.553
26 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 191.557 28.190 -0.554
27 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge AAA 191.530 28.194 -0.558
28 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 191.090 28.259 -0.623
29 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 191.056 28.264 -0.628
30 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 190.968 28.277 -0.641
31 110 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Gander Mountain 190.846 28.295 -0.659
32 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Tom Thumb 190.833 28.297 -0.661
33 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 190.201 28.391 -0.755
34 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota HostGator.com 190.121 28.403 -0.767
35 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 189.720 28.463 -0.827
36 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 189.633 28.476 -0.840
37 26 Patrick Carpentier Ford Air National Guard 189.255 28.533 -0.897
38 66 Mike Bliss Toyota Prism Motorsports 189.202 28.541 -0.905
39 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Mapei / Menards 188.851 28.594 -0.958
40 71 Andy Lally+ Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 188.626 28.628 -0.992
41 34 Travis Kvapil+ Ford Long John Silver's 187.337 28.825 -1.189
42 37 Dave Blaney+ Ford A&W All American Food 185.663 29.085 -1.449
43 09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Phoenix Racing 188.996 28.572 -0.936
Did Not Qualify
44 36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 188.673 28.621 -0.985
45 81 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Whitney's Collision Centers 188.653 28.624 -0.988
46 46 Michael McDowell Chevrolet Cash America 187.852 28.746 -1.110
47 164 Jeff Green Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 187.169 28.851 -1.215
48 123 Josh Wise Toyota North Texas Pipe 185.944 29.041 -1.405
49 192 Brian Keselowski Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 182.076 29.658 -2.022

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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