Tony Stewart scores first 2011 pole

Tony Stewart with his pole award

Tony Stewart with his pole award

Tony Stewart will start Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 from pole position as he aims to rescue his Chase for the Sprint Cup campaign.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver won the opening two races of the Chase, but sits seventh in points with six races remaining having struggled to 15th and 23rd place runs in the most recent two races.

Stewart lapped the Charlotte Motor Speedway course in 28.131s to beat Roush Fenway Ford driver Matt Kenseth to the pole by 0.006s.

The Ford Fusions of Carl Edwards, AJ Allmendinger and Greg Biffle round out the top five, while Australian Marcos Ambrose will share the sixth row with David Ragan.

See below for the full qualifying result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

TIME

BEHIND

1 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 28.131 Leader
2 Matt Kenseth Ford Fluidmaster 28.137 -0.006
3 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac “Now Hiring” 28.144 -0.013
4 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 28.159 -0.028
5 Greg Biffle Ford 3M “Give Kids A Smile” 28.163 -0.032
6 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 28.186 -0.055
7 Paul Menard Chevrolet CertainTeed / Menards 28.204 -0.073
8 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 28.214 -0.083
9 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Chevy 100th Anniversay 28.222 -0.091
10 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft 28.234 -0.103
11 David Ragan Ford UPS Freight 28.272 -0.141
12 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley / Bostitch 28.272 -0.141
13 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 28.287 -0.156
14 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches 28.288 -0.157
15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 28.297 -0.166
16 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 28.299 -0.168
17 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 28.302 -0.171
18 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 28.326 -0.195
19 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 28.330 -0.199
20 Kurt Busch Dodge Pennzoil Ultra 28.336 -0.205
21 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 28.357 -0.226
22 Bobby Labonte Toyota Lance Snacks / Tom’s Snacks 28.383 -0.252
23 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 28.420 -0.289
24 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 28.462 -0.331
25 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 28.490 -0.359
26 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 28.493 -0.362
27 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 28.511 -0.380
28 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 28.559 -0.428
29 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 28.583 -0.452
30 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 28.594 -0.463
31 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 28.606 -0.475
32 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 28.613 -0.482
33 David Gilliland Ford Tastykake 28.632 -0.501
34 Travis Kvapil Ford Ingersoll Rand 28.682 -0.551
35 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 28.687 -0.556
36 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 28.736 -0.605
37 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 28.807 -0.676
38 J.J. Yeley Ford Long John Silver’s 28.818 -0.687
39 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood 28.829 -0.698
40 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 28.930 -0.799
41 Hermie Sadler+ Ford Susan G. Komen for the Cure 29.083 -0.952
42 Mike Bliss+ Ford Street King 29.120 -0.989
43 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy / Harris Teeter 28.985 -0.854

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