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Vickers On Pole In Chicagoland

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Thursday, July 9 2009
Brian Vickers signs the wall in victory lane after qualifying for the pole.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Brian Vickers signs the wall in victory lane after qualifying for the pole. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Joliet, Ill. – Brian Vickers has become the new king of qualifying in the Sprint Cup series.
Thursday evening at Chicagoland Speedway, Vickers won his fifth pole of the season as he ran a lap at 184.162 mph.

“It was an amazing lap,” Vickers said.

Starting next to Vickers on the front row of the LifeLock 400 will be his Red Bull Racing teammate, Scott Speed.

It was easily Speed’s best start of the year as the rookie’s previous best was eighth.

“Both cars ran well since we unloaded,” Speed said. “After the lap that Brian threw up there, there was no point pushing it to the edge.”

Third fastest was Jimmie Johnson.

Fourth was Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer was fifth.

Unfortunately for Vickers, doing well in qualifying has not translated to doing well in races. He has yet to win a race this season and his best finish in a race in which he has started on the pole is ninth.

“It’s very frustrating not to be in Victory Lane,” Vickers said. “If I could pick, I would pick victories over poles.”

Points leader Tony Stewart was 32nd in qualifying while Jeff Gordon, who is second in points, was seventh.

It was a tough night for the Fords in Chicago. The top blue oval car was that of Bill Elliott in his Wood Brothers-prepared car. He was eighth.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Thursday, July 9 2009
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