Scott Riggs showed Jimmie Johnson that Lowe's Motor Speedway is not just his house. Riggs put the No. 10 Evernham Dodge on the pole for the Coca- Cola 600 with a lap of 187.865 mph. Riggs sat on the pole for last weeks Nextel Open, but this is...
Scott Riggs showed Jimmie Johnson that Lowe's Motor Speedway is not just his house. Riggs put the No. 10 Evernham Dodge on the pole for the Coca- Cola 600 with a lap of 187.865 mph.
Riggs sat on the pole for last weeks Nextel Open, but this is Riggs first pole in a NASCAR Nextel Cup series point's event.
"I am proud of all these guys," said Riggs. "We had a good car last weekend and an even better car this weekend. I knew Jeremy (Mayfield) was the one we had to worry about. It says a lot about how hard everyone is at Evernham Motorsports."
Riggs teammate Jeremy Mayfield will join him on the front row after posting a lap of 187.292 mph.
"The 19 car will haul the mail from here on out," said Mayfield of his teams turnaround. "I'm confident of that. Last week we had the best car we had in two years. If they give me what we had last week every week, we'll probably win a lot of races. I've got the same car this week."
Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Chevy team had the third quickest time with a lap of 186.651 mph.
"I'm very, very excited for the chance to try to go to the record books," said Johnson. "It's a long race. A lot can happen as we all know over 600 miles. It's hard to really favor someone and go to bet on someone. We've got a great track record here. You can't argue with that. The All Star event went really well for us and we brought that race car back. We feel like we're a little bit smarter with this car. We understand it. We're looking forward to it."
JJ Yeley and Bobby Labonte complete the top five.
"You can't be mad about that," said Yeley. "That will be a good starting spot for us, I am real happy with that. We have a fast car."
Fifty-three cars attempted to qualify for the forty three car field. Failing to make the show were Michael Waltrip, Carl Long, Kirk Shelmerdine, Chad Blount, Mike Garvey, Stanton Barrett, Hermie Sadler, Kevin Lepage, Kertus Davis and Chad Chaffin.
Notably, it is the first time since 1998 that Waltrip has failed to qualify for a Cup series event.