Tony Stewart quickest at Sonoma

Defending race winner Tony Stewart won the Bud Pole Award for the Winston Cup Series' first road course event of the season on the two-mile track at Sears Point Raceway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Stewart, who hasn't won a pole since the 2000...

Defending race winner Tony Stewart won the Bud Pole Award for the Winston Cup Series' first road course event of the season on the two-mile track at Sears Point Raceway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Stewart, who hasn't won a pole since the 2000 season, ran a fast lap at 93.476 mph.

Bristol winner Kurt Busch in a Roush Racing Ford will start alongside Stewart in row one. Busch's Roush teammate Jeff Burton qualified third and will line up next to road course king, Jeff Gordon. Evernham Motorsports' Bill Elliott rounds out the top five.

Last week's winner, Matt Kenseth, in yet another Roush car, will roll of the grid sixth. Veterans Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace will roll off seventh and eighth respectively.

Richard Childress Racing's Robby Gordon, definitely one to watch this week after his runner-up finish at Sonoma last year, will start ninth. And road course specialist Boris Said, driving a second Jasper Engines car, grabbed the tenth starting spot.

Pocono winner Dale Jarrett in a Robert Yates Ford lost an engine in Friday's practice session and opted not to attempt qualifying. Jarrett grabbed the first provisional and will start 37th.

PPI's Ricky Craven, also in a Ford, had a rough outing after wrecking his primary car in practice after hitting a tire barrier. Shortly after pulling out the back-up, the engine expired. Craven will start 38th.

AJ Foyt Racing's Stacy Compton missed the race. As did Brandon Ash, who was looking for his first Winston Cup start.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Boris Said , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Stacy Compton , Ricky Craven , Robert Yates , Brandon Ash
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing