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David Ragan takes pole for Brickyard 400

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Sunday 31st July, 2011 - 8:41am

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David Ragan accepts the pole award

David Ragan accepts the pole award

David Ragan has added a pole position at Indianapolis to the one he collected at Daytona earlier this month.

The UPS Ford driver picked up his second career pole with a qualifying lap of 182.994mph (49.182 seconds), fast enough to win the pole for Sunday’s Brickyard 400, the 20th Sprint Cup race of the season.

“It’ll be cool to lead the pack [Sunday],” said the Roush Fenway Racing driver.

“I knew we had a shot at the pole when we unloaded in qualifying trim on Friday. [Crew chief] Drew [Blickensderfer] made a few small adjustments, and I just tried to hit my marks and not do anything crazy.

“I knew we had a shot at a top-five or top-10 run for sure, so I just wanted to be a little conservative. I hit my marks, and everything did what it needed to do, and we wound up on top. It’s an honor to be here and to be the fastest guy at Indy.”

Kasey Kahne (182.927mph) will start from the outside of the front row. Early qualifier Jimmie Johnson went out 17th in the order but his lap of 182.801mph stood up for third.

Kurt Busch (182.671mph) took fourth place ahead of Brad Keselowski, A.J. Allmendinger, Juan Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and series points leader Carl Edwards.

Australian Marcos Ambrose will line-up in 21st position.

David Stremme, Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell, J.J. Yeley and Scott Wimmer failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

 

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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