Tony Stewart Wins Pole for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

Tony Stewart captured his thirteenth career pole Thursday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a qualifying speed of 191.959 mph.

[media-credit name=”Brad Keppel” align=”alignright” width=”206″][/media-credit]Stewart was happy with his effort but a little surprised that the speeds did not noticeably increase from what they had experienced during practice.

“That was a pretty cool lap, obviously,” he said. But, Stewart continued, “Typically we see the pace pick up a little more in qualifying than what we saw tonight.”


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Five of the top ten positions were claimed by drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Matt Kenseth will start beside Stewart in the second position followed by Carl Edwards in third. Ryan Newman qualified sixth and Jimmie Johnson secured the ninth starting spot.

The remaining Chase contenders qualified as follows:

Kevin Harvick – 14th

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 15th

Denny Hamlin – 17th

Kurt Busch – 20th

Jeff Gordon – 23rd

Kyle Busch – 25th

Brad Keselowski – 26th.

Drivers Josh Wise, Scott Speed and Geoffrey Bodine failed to make the field.

The Bank of America 500 this Saturday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the fifth race in the fight for the Sprint Cup championship.

Starting Lineup
Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 191.959 28.131
2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 191.918 28.137
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford 191.87 28.144
4 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 191.768 28.159
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 191.741 28.163
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 191.585 28.186
7 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 191.462 28.204
8 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 191.394 28.214
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 191.34 28.222
10 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 191.259 28.234
11 6 David Ragan Ford 191.002 28.272
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 191.002 28.272
13 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 190.9 28.287
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 190.894 28.288
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 190.833 28.297
16 20 Joey Logano Toyota 190.82 28.299
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 190.799 28.302
18 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 190.638 28.326
19 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 190.611 28.33
20 22 Kurt Busch Dodge 190.57 28.336
21 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 190.429 28.357
22 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 190.255 28.383
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 190.007 28.42
24 13 Casey Mears Toyota 189.727 28.462
25 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 189.54 28.49
26 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 189.52 28.493
27 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 189.401 28.511
28 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 189.082 28.559
29 0 David Reutimann Toyota 188.923 28.583
30 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 188.851 28.594
31 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 188.772 28.606
32 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 188.725 28.613
33 34 David Gilliland Ford 188.6 28.632
34 55 Travis Kvapil Ford 188.271 28.682
35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 188.239 28.687
36 30 David Stremme Chevrolet 187.918 28.736
37 66 Michael McDowell Toyota 187.454 28.807
38 38 J.J. Yeley Ford 187.383 28.818
39 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 187.311 28.829
40 71 Andy Lally* Ford 186.657 28.93
41 71 Hermie Sadler+ Ford 185.676 29.083
42 32 Mike Bliss+ Ford 185.44 29.12
43 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 186.303 28.985

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