CHEVY MONTE CARLO SS DRIVERS JEFF BURTON AND CLINT BOWYER CAPTURE FRONT ROW AT INDY SIX BOWTIE DRIVERS SCORE TOP-10 STARTING SPOTS FOR ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD Indianapolis -- Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo SS captured...
CHEVY MONTE CARLO SS DRIVERS JEFF BURTON AND CLINT BOWYER CAPTURE FRONT ROW AT INDY
SIX BOWTIE DRIVERS SCORE TOP-10 STARTING SPOTS FOR ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD
Indianapolis -- Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo SS captured his third pole of 2006 for Sunday's running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Burton becomes the first driver in history to win the pole for both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.
His lap of 49.420 seconds, 182.788 m.p.h. gave Chevrolet their fifth pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and their seventh of the 2006 season\.
Burton is joined by his Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Raybestos Rookie Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Monte Carlo SS giving RCR the distinction of being the first team owner to capture the front row for the race at the historic track.
Bowyer's career-best starting position gives him the distinction of highest qualifying rookie in the history of the Brickyard event.
A total of six Monte Carlo SS drivers grabbed top-10 starting spots for the 160-lap race. Current NASCAR Nextel Cup Series points leader Jimmie Johnson will start the No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS fifth with Raybestos Rookie J.J. Yeley, No. 18 Imitrex/GSK Monte Carlo SS along side in the sixth starting position.
Robby Gordon, No. 7 Menards/Johns Manville Monte Carlo SS qualified ninth with former Brickyard 400 winner Kevin Harvick, No. 31 Reese's/GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS rounding out the top-10.
Defending race winner Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS will start deep in the field in 32nd on the outside of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo.
The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live television coverage on NBC. The race will be aired live by Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio.