Elliott Sadler clipped off a lightning fast lap of 184.116 mph to grab the pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is Sadler's second pole of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season and fourth of his career. "I didn't...
Elliott Sadler clipped off a lightning fast lap of 184.116 mph to grab the pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is Sadler's second pole of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season and fourth of his career.
"I didn't think we would qualify that good," said a jubilant Sadler. "I knew we were going to have a great car in race trim. I didn't think it would be that fast in qualifying trim, but, again these guys have surprised me."
On Saturday late afternoon, Sadler and his No. 38 Robert Yates Racing Ford team beat the rest of the field by nearly one mile-per-hour. "This is great," said the pole winner for Sunday's race. "But, man I just want to kiss the bricks to bad."
Jeremy Mayfield will start on the outside of the front row. He toured the 2.5-mile speedway with a lap of 183.053 mph in his Evernham Motorsports Dodge.
"We didn't know what to expect," Mayfield said. "We knew when we went out that we had a pretty good lap. Here we are second. It's pretty cool."
Even though he is leaving the Dale Earnhardt team at the end of this season, Michael Waltrip wheeled his Chevy to third on the grid, "When I left pit road I knew I was going to be on it. I am happy I didn't crash, I couldn't have beat Elliott and I got third."
Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers completed the top five.
"We are happy with that," Kahne said. "It's pretty cool to have Jeremy and I both in the top five."
Casey Mears who was fastest in the sole practice sessions for this weekend's event scrapped the wheel during his time trial effort. Rusty Wallace also had problems wrecking on his lap tearing up the No. 2 Penske Dodge.
Mears starts 40th in his Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge and Wallace 41st, both using owners' points rights to make the grid.
Point leader Jimmie Johnson was banned from qualifying after his team failed to get his Chevy through inspection and onto the grid on time. NASCAR apparently did not like the 'droop of the drag chain' on the Chevy which kept them in inspection.
"As soon as they put us on the five minute clock I knew we were done," said Chad Knaus, crew chief for the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. The team used their owners' right to slot on the grid in 42nd position.
In all, seven teams used points to get on the grid including the 2004 champion Kurt Busch and his Roush Racing teammate Carl Edwards. Travis Kvapil and Bobby Labonte were among the seven. Terry Labonte used his champion's provisional.
Fifty-two drivers competed for a spot in the 43 car field. Those who did not make the grid were Morgan Shepard, Kevin Lepage, Tony Raines, Mike Garvey. Stuart Kirby, Mike Wallace, PJ Jones. Kenny Wallace and Jimmy Spencer.