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Ragan comes out of nowhere to win Brickyard 400 pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, July 30, 2011

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David Ragan continued Roush Fenway Racing's domination of the first two days of the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com, winning the pole Saturday, July 30 with a lap of 182.994 mph.

Roush Fenway ruled all three practice sessions at this event, with Matt Kenseth leading the opening practice Friday and Greg Biffle on top of the second practice Friday and pre-qualifying practice Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But Ragan stole the show in qualifying, claiming the first Brickyard 400 pole for himself and Roush Fenway late in the session in the No. 6 UPS Hall of Fame/Ned Jarrett Ford.

"It sounds good," Ragan said. "Brickyard winner would sound even better. This is the first step to winning the race tomorrow. Our UPS Ford has been fast. It's been fast in qualifying trim. We still need to work on it a little bit for race trim. We're just a little off, but I have a lot of confidence in our team that we can make the right decisions tomorrow and be up front."

The 160-lap race starts at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday.

Kasey Kahne will join Ragan on the front row after turning a lap of 182.927 in the No. 4 Red Bull Toyota. Three-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson will start third in the No. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet after a qualifying lap of 182.801.

Penske Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski qualified fourth and fifth, respectively, trying to deliver 15-time Indianapolis 500-winning car owner Roger Penske his first Brickyard 400 victory.

Busch was fourth at 182.671 in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, with Keselowski fifth at 182.556 in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.

The first four spots in the starting field are occupied by each of the four manufacturers competing in NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Four-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon will start eighth after a lap of 182.242 in the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet.

Indiana natives and Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart share the 12th row in the starting lineup. Newman qualified 23rd at 181.320 in the No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet, with Stewart 24th at 181.251 in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet.

LINEUP

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 6 David Ragan Ford UPS / Ned Jarrett NASCAR Hall of Fame 182.994 49.182 Leader
2 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 182.927 49.200 -0.018
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 182.801 49.234 -0.052
4 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 182.671 49.269 -0.087
5 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 182.556 49.300 -0.118
6 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 182.445 49.330 -0.148
7 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 182.367 49.351 -0.169
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 182.242 49.385 -0.203
9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 182.216 49.392 -0.210
10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Ortho Home Defense Max 182.050 49.437 -0.255
11 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 182.024 49.444 -0.262
12 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Quaker State / GoDaddy.com 181.969 49.459 -0.277
13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 181.895 49.479 -0.297
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 181.892 49.480 -0.298
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet NIBCO / Menards 181.870 49.486 -0.304
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 181.848 49.492 -0.310
17 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers 181.715 49.528 -0.346
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross / Type O "Give Blood" 181.682 49.537 -0.355
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 181.635 49.550 -0.368
20 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 181.422 49.608 -0.426
21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 181.389 49.617 -0.435
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 181.335 49.632 -0.450
23 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 181.320 49.636 -0.454
24 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 181.251 49.655 -0.473
25 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 181.134 49.687 -0.505
26 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 180.981 49.729 -0.547
27 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 180.926 49.744 -0.562
28 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 180.912 49.748 -0.566
29 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 180.854 49.764 -0.582
30 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Platinum Filter 180.618 49.829 -0.647
31 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 180.611 49.831 -0.649
32 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 180.133 49.963 -0.781
33 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 179.924 50.021 -0.839
34 37 Scott Speed Ford Front Row Motorsports 179.548 50.126 -0.944
35 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 179.451 50.153 -0.971
36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 179.297 50.196 -1.014
37 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 179.276 50.202 -1.020
38 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 178.990 50.282 -1.100
39 71 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 178.926 50.300 -1.118
40 150 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet Green Smoke 177.992 50.564 -1.382
41 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 177.866 50.600 -1.418
42 32 Mike Bliss+ Ford TMone "We Drive Sales" 177.862 50.601 -1.419
43 223 Terry Labonte Ford CRMone "We Drive Service" Champion's Provisional

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