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Brian Vickers wins Cup pole in Fontana

Toyota wins another pole
Friday, February 20, 2009

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Brian Vickers
Brian Vickers rebounded from a dismal result at Daytona by capturing his sixth career pole in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

A week after being involved in a controversial accident with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Daytona 500, Vickers put his Team Red Bull Toyota in the top spot for the second race of the season.

"Obviously, the best way to move on from a situation or a controversy is to give them something else to talk about," Vickers said. "We've given them that this week."

Vickers turned a lap at 183.439 mph to earn his second pole at the two-mile southern California track.

For Vickers, putting a frustrating incident like Sunday's crash in the rear-view mirror is something that comes naturally.

"For me, it's pretty easy," Vickers said. "I don't know if it's the way I was raised, or my mentality or what. I don't get mad very easily. Things can happen that will bother me, and I will keep that in the back of my mind and I will learn from those instances, and how I will handle those situations and people in the future. But in general, I don't let other people affect my daily life."

If there's anything that Vickers wishes he could change is the lingering anger he has when the gaff is his fault.

"I may make a decision or make a mistake that makes me mad, and I have a hard time letting that go," Vickers said. "But I don't let other people ruin my day. Honestly, I probably have the hardest time moving on when it's a mistake on my part rather than a mistake on somebody else's."

Jimmie Johnson was second fastest at 183.164 mph. Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

"The only thing I can think of is Brian and I went to In-N-Out Burger last night," Johnson said. "I had a double-double and he had a single. With that extra patty, five-hundredths of a second killed me."

Sixth through 10th were Jeff Gordon, David Reutimann, A.J. Allmendinger, Scott Speed and Kyle Busch.

Five cars failed to qualify: Todd Bodine, Tony Raines, David Starr, Mike Garvey and Sterling Marlin.

Lineup

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 183.439 39.250 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 183.164 39.309 -0.059
3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 182.653 39.419 -0.169
4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 182.556 39.440 -0.190
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 182.302 39.495 -0.245
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 182.209 39.515 -0.265
7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 182.089 39.541 -0.291
8 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 182.048 39.550 -0.300
9 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 181.965 39.568 -0.318
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 181.919 39.578 -0.328
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 181.901 39.582 -0.332
12 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 181.777 39.609 -0.359
13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 181.726 39.620 -0.370
14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 181.653 39.636 -0.386
15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 181.616 39.644 -0.394
16 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 181.461 39.678 -0.428
17 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Charter Comm. 181.429 39.685 -0.435
18 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 181.264 39.721 -0.471
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 181.210 39.733 -0.483
20 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 181.173 39.741 -0.491
21 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 181.137 39.749 -0.499
22 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 181.132 39.750 -0.500
23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 180.836 39.815 -0.565
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 180.818 39.819 -0.569
25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 180.773 39.829 -0.579
26 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Auto Club 180.746 39.835 -0.585
27 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 180.610 39.865 -0.615
28 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 180.397 39.912 -0.662
29 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 180.374 39.917 -0.667
30 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 180.320 39.929 -0.679
31 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 180.248 39.945 -0.695
32 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 180.234 39.948 -0.698
33 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 180.176 39.961 -0.711
34 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 180.059 39.987 -0.737
35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 179.991 40.002 -0.752
36 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Red Bank Outfitters 179.721 40.062 -0.812
37 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Farmers Insurance 179.632 40.082 -0.832
38 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 179.390 40.136 -0.886
39 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 179.301 40.156 -0.906
40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 179.287 40.159 -0.909
41 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 179.109 40.199 -0.949
42 55 Michael Waltrip+ Toyota NAPA - - -
43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 177.997 40.450 -1.200
Did Not Qualify
44 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 177.454 40.574 -1.324
45 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's 177.405 40.585 -1.335
46 51 David Starr Dodge Allegro Marinade 177.122 40.650 -1.400
47 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Phoenix Racing 175.328 41.066 -1.816
48 73 Mike Garvey Dodge Jani-King / Quality Concrete 175.897 40.933 -1.683

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