Vickers hits home run in Texas

Brian Vickers went out dead last in qualifying for Nextel Cup teams and hit a home run. He wheeled the No. 25 Chevrolet to the pole position with a lap of 196.235 mph, the only driver to break the 196-mph mark.

Brian Vickers.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.

"This thing was awesome," said Vickers. "This thing felt good all practice, smooth, it felt great in practice. It was just smoking in three and four. That was about as wide open as you can be here in a Cup car."

It is Vickers' first pole of the season and fourth of his career. Vickers broke the track qualifying record set in 2002 as did the rest of the top four.

Elliott Sadler was second with a lap of 195.390 mph, "The speeds were high and the weather was just right for it. We cut a good lap. We just got beat by Brian tonight, he did a great job. But I am very happy with where we are starting. This is one of my favorite tracks that we come to."

Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson complete the top five.

"It was exciting," said Busch who held the pole until late in the session. "That was one of the most exciting qualifying sessions of the year, some of the speeds the car had and having it come down to the end there."

Notably, Chase for the Nextel Cup points leader Matt Kenseth qualified 36th.

Fifty cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field; failing to make the show were Chad Chaffin, Bill Elliott, Kevin LePage, Mike Skinner, Derrike Cope, AJ Allmendinger and David Ragan failed to make the show.

Two-time series champion Terry Labonte got the champions provisional to get into the field for what will be his last lap in a NASCAR Cup series ride.