Sears Point: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

Petty Enterprises enjoyed their best qualifying day of the 2008 Sprint Cup season during Friday's time trials for the Save Mart 350 at the Infineon (Ca.) Raceway. Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team will start the race...

Petty Enterprises enjoyed their best qualifying day of the 2008 Sprint Cup season during Friday's time trials for the Save Mart 350 at the Infineon (Ca.) Raceway. Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team will start the race from the fourth position. Terry Labonte, who finished third in this race in 2006, will roll his No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge off from the 11th position.

"That lap didn't feel fast from the seat," said B. Labonte. "I was surprised when I got out of the car. I knew we had a good car because we practiced well, but I didn't think it would qualify in the top-5. That means we'll start the race with the track position in our favor. I'm looking forward to the practice sessions tomorrow so we can get the car dialed in."

Terry Labonte has competed in every Sprint Cup race held at Infineon. His silky-smooth driving style is a good fit for road course racing.

"I feel comfortable on the road courses. I always have," said T. Labonte. "One of the biggest things that helped me today was the fact that I've been in the car for three weeks now. I'm starting to get used to it and figure it out. Road course racing is about making a smooth lap. That's what I did and it showed on the scoring monitor."

Dodge Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne won his second pole in the last three races. Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch round out the top-three qualifiers.

-credit: pe

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne