Stewart grabs Texas pole

Tony Stewart with his first pole of 2014

Tony Stewart with his first pole award of 2014

Tony Stewart has won the Coors Light Qualifying Pole Award at Texas Motor Speedway by 6/1000ths with Brad Keselowski set to start alongside.

The Penske driver looked set to start first, but a late run from Stewart was good enough for his second career pole in Texas and 15th of his career.

“This thing is fast,” said Stewart. “The good thing is (crew chief) Chad Johnston made a really big change there to try and make it better. Like he said, ‘I was either going to make you quick, or I was going to make you 12th.’ I’m glad he made the change. He’s got a lot of confidence and I really like that.”

Stewart’s team-mate Kevin Harvick will line-up third followed by Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards. Harvick set a new track record during the first round with a high speed of 319.104 km/h (198.282 mph) on fresh tyres.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose continued his good form with a time that will see him start ninth.

“We’re really pleased with our efforts today,” said Ambrose. “I thought we had a really great package in qualifying. We were calm, cool and collected and have carried speed over from Martinsville.

“I’m really excited about our chances for Sunday. I think our car is pretty sporty in race trim as well and I’m just really enjoying my racing right now and enjoying this team. We’re really working well together and we’ve come a long ways since this time last year.”

VIDEO: Stewart takes the pole in Texas

 

TIMES: Qualifying – Duck Commander 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

POS 

Car #

Driver

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 195.454 27.628 Leader

2

2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 195.419 27.633 –0.005

3

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 195.298 27.650 –0.022

4

16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Give Kids A Smile 194.700 27.735 –0.107

5

99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 194.637 27.744 –0.116

6

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office-March of Dimes Toyota 194.623 27.746 –0.118

7

21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 194.503 27.763 –0.135

8

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 194.140 27.815 –0.187

9

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 194.056 27.827 –0.199

10

22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil / Hertz 193.743 27.872 –0.244

11

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 193.126 27.961 –0.333

12

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta / Texas A&M School of Engineering 192.089 28.112 –0.484

13

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 194.259 27.798 –0.170

14

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 194.084 27.823 –0.195

15

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bell Helicopter 194.021 27.832 –0.204

16

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowes “Spring is Calling” 194.007 27.834 –0.206

17

43 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 193.590 27.894 –0.266

18

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 193.493 27.908 –0.280

19

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 193.354 27.928 –0.300

20

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 193.154 27.957 –0.329

21

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 193.154 27.957 –0.329

22

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 192.981 27.982 –0.354

23

55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 192.768 28.013 –0.385

24

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy/Get Found 192.761 28.014 –0.386

25

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Willie’s Duck Diner 194.988 27.694 –0.066

26

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 194.637 27.744 –0.116

27

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Accell Construction 194.602 27.749 –0.121

28

95 Michael McDowell Ford TWD 194.581 27.752 –0.124

29

18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 194.539 27.758 –0.130

30

23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 194.454 27.770 –0.142

31

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Ford EcoBoost 194.440 27.772 –0.144

32

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 194.028 27.831 –0.203

33

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Bush’s Beans 193.611 27.891 –0.263

34

35 David Reutimann Ford MDS Transport 192.954 27.986 –0.358

35

77 Dave Blaney Ford TBA 192.520 28.049 –0.421

36

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota SMS Audio 192.219 28.093 –0.465

37

32 Travis Kvapil Ford TBA 192.171 28.100 –0.472

38

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 191.748 28.162 –0.534

39

38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 191.625 28.180 –0.552

40

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Gallery Furniture 191.408 28.212 –0.584

41

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 191.232 28.238 –0.610

42

26 Cole Whitt Toyota Swan Energy 189.036 28.566 –0.938

43

34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 187.839 28.748 –1.120

 

 

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