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Stewart Wins Pole At Charlotte

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, October 13 2011

Tony Stewart will start Saturday's Cup race from the pole. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Erik J. Perel)


Tony Stewart won the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he turned a lap at 191.959 mph on Thursday night.

Stewart, who won the first two races of the Chase, collected his first pole of the season.

“This is a place where track position is so important, so this is an awesome start to the weekend,” Stewart said. “That was a pretty cool lap. It’s definitely been a good start to the weekend. The first run we made today was in race trim, and that was the best balance we had.”

Matt Kenseth was second fastest in the qualifying session with a lap 191.918 mph.

“It was a good lap for us,” Kenseth said. “Practice didn’t seem all that great. Was a little bit of a surprise to me, but we’ve been qualifying way above average for us. I left some out there. I wish I could go back, and I wish I could do it again, or I wish somebody had beat me by more. I feel bad about leaving something out there, but it was a good lap, a good place to start. I really need to give most of the credit to Jimmy [Fennig]. I think a lot of it’s him. I think maybe I’ve gotten a little bit better at it. Maybe I don’t stress out as much as I used to. And for some reason our cars just drive really good in qualifying trim.”

Carl Edwards, the series points leader, qualifying third fastest while A.J. Allmendinger was fourth and Greg Biffle fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 are Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Trevor Bayne.

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, October 13 2011
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