Stewart edges Brad Keselowski for 1st pole because 2012
By: Reid Spencer, NASCAR News Wire on April 5, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Tony Stewart celebrates his first pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series given that 2012 at Atlanta.
Saving his greatest effort for the last possible 2nd, Tony Stewart won the pole for Sunday’;s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
For the duration of the third round of knockout qualifying Saturday afternoon at the one.5-mile track, Stewart began his funds lap in the final half-minute of the session and completed it following the 5-minute clock ticked down to zero, ending the session.
Stewart (195.454 mph) edged Brad Keselowski, who has made a habit of front-row commences underneath the qualifying format NASCAR launched this year. Keselowski posted a lap at 195.419 mph, and the velocity held up until Stewart’;s final-ditch run.
The Coors Light pole award was Stewart’;s first given that 2012 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his 2nd at Texas and the 15th of his job.
“It felt truly quickly right to the middle of [turns] 3 and 4, and then it got genuinely loose the final half of the corner,” Stewart stated of his pole-winning lap. “We didn’;t know what we could run this third time, but I knew what [Greg] Biffle had run.
“The excellent point is [crew chief] Chad Johnston manufactured a genuinely large adjust there to consider and make it far better. Like he said, ‘I was both going to make you quick, or I was going to make you 12th.’; I’;m glad he made the adjust. He’;s acquired a great deal of self confidence, and I actually like that.”
Kevin Harvick made a NASCAR-record run in the very first round, which narrowed the area eligible for the pole from 47 drivers to 24. In the last session, Harvick was third at 195.298 mph, ahead of Greg Biffle (194.700 mph) and Carl Edwards (194.637 mph).
The only Toyota driver to make the top twelve, Denny Hamlin was sixth, followed by Trevor Bayne, Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon.
Keselowski earned a front-row starting up spot for the fifth time in 6 knockout qualifying sessions this season, but 4 of these landed him on the outdoors of the front row, not the pole.
“I considered we had it,” Keselowski said, “but that is why they do it this way. It is truly thrilling, and, I think, a whole lot of exciting to view. … We came up quick, but we nevertheless have a lot to be proud of. We’;re commencing on the front row, and (on Sunday we need) to make that count. Hopefully, we can pull that off.
“We did a whole lot of practice in race trim and not a lot in qualifying trim, so I guess that is a very good omen.”
The initial 2 rounds, which narrowed the field to the prime twelve drivers, also created notable statistics. On his only run in the initial round, Harvick posted the fastest lap ever run on an intermediate speedway — 198.282 mph (27.234 seconds).
The 2nd round was noteworthy for one particular driver who did not make the final twelve — 6-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, who posted the 16th fastest time in the 10-minute second session. That was the very first time in knockout qualifying this yr Johnson failed to make the prime twelve, leaving Logano as the only driver to have innovative to the final round in every of the 6 knockout time trials this far.
“We’;re truly amazed not to have tempo right here in qualifying,” Johnson mentioned. “We have a extremely quick race auto, in race trim specially. Our vehicle is blazing fast. Qualifying has not always been my strong suit, and these days it showed up right here for what ever cause. We’;ll get her cleaned up and get her prepared for the race on Sunday.
“We felt like we had a quite good comprehending of issues, and we invested a great deal of time this afternoon operating on outdated tire runs due to the fact we have been so good in race trim and we just missed it [for qualifying]. Everyone else picked up a good deal a lot more speed than we did, so we will have to dig in deep and consider and realize why.”
Like Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to advance to the second round and will begin 19th Sunday. Danica Patrick was 11th fastest on fresh tires in the very first session but was 24th in the second and will begin from that spot on the grid.
David Stremme, Ryan Truex, Joe Nemechek and J.J. Yeley failed to make the 43-car discipline for the 6th race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup routine.
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Following Saturday qualifying race Sunday
At Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Really worth, Texas
Lap length: one.5 miles
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 195.454 mph.
2. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 195.419.
3. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 195.298.
4. (sixteen) Greg Biffle, Ford, 194.7.
5. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 194.637.
6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 194.623.
7. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 194.503.
7 (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 194.14.
9. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 194.056.
10. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 193.743.
11. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 193.126.
12. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 192.089.
13. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 194.259.
14. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 194.084.
15. (one) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 194.021.
16. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 194.007.
17. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 193.59.
18. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 193.493.
19. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 193.354.
20. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 193.154.
21. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 193.154.
22. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 192.981.
23. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 192.768.
24. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 192.761.
25. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 194.988.
26. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 194.637.
27. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 194.602.
28. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 194.581.
29. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 194.539.
thirty. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 194.454.
31. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 194.44.
32. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 194.028.
33. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 193.611.
34. (35) David Reutimann, Ford, 192.954.
35. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 192.52.
36. (thirty) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 192.219.
37. (32) Travis Kvapil, Ford, owner points.
38. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, owner points.
39. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, proprietor factors.
40. (forty) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, proprietor points.
41. (98) Josh Smart, Chevrolet, proprietor points.
42. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, owner factors.
43. (34) David Ragan, Ford, owner points.
Failed to Qualify
44. (33) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 190.759.
45. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 189.401.
46. (66) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 188.587.
47. (44) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 185.44.
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