Kahne, Riggs are on the All-Star, Open poles

The Nextel Open Scott Riggs and the No. 10 Evernham Dodge have the best seat in the house for the warm-up act to the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Race Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Riggs will start the 30 lap sprint called the Nextel Open...

The Nextel Open

Scott Riggs and the No. 10 Evernham Dodge have the best seat in the house for the warm-up act to the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Race Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Riggs will start the 30 lap sprint called the Nextel Open from the pole.

"I think we are going to be really good in race trim," said Riggs. "I am really excited. It's great to get us a pole. I wish we could have gotten it in a points race...we're going to try and go get them in the race."

The winner of the Open transfers into the All-Star race.

Denny Hamlin joins Riggs on the front row of the 28 car field, "That's a good starting spot for us," said Hamlin. "The main thing is to try to put yourself in position to try to win the race. I think track position is going to mean so much."

The top contenders were the only two drivers to break the 186 mph mark.

Several cars had trouble on the newly resurfaced Lowe's Motor Speedway; Kirk Shelmerdine, Hermie Sadler, Elliott Sadler, Mike Garvey, Joe Nemechek, Kyle Petty all experienced difficulties and will start in the rear for the Nextel Open.

All-Star Race

Kasey Kahne made it an all Evernham Racing day at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kahne and the No. 9 Dodge team won the pole for the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge.

"I know the lap was good, and the pit crew did another awesome job," said Kahne. "We just had another great stop. We are really excited."

Qualifying for the All-Star race has the added element of a mandatory non fuel/four tire pit stop as part of the three-lap time trial. Eighteen cars will make up the initial field for the Nextel All-Star Challenge. Two drivers will join the field on Saturday; the winner of the Nextel Open and a driver voted in by a fan vote sponsored by Nextel.

Currently, Kyle Petty leads the voting followed by Martin Truex, Jr. and Elliott Sadler.

Jimmie Johnson will join Kahne on the front row.

Rock super acts Train and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be on hand to usher in the winner of NASCAR and Nextel's million dollar night.

Rules Refresher, All-Star Challenge:
90 laps run in three segments of 40 laps, 30 laps and 20 laps Teams must make a mandatory green-flag, four-tire pit stop during the first segment. This stop must be made after the completion of Lap 14 and before the completion of Lap 16. Pit stops performed under a yellow flag condition do not count towards the requirement.

There will be a 10-minute break during Segments 1 & 2. A random drawing will determine if as few as six or as many as 12 cars will be inverted. Between Segments 2 and 3 there will be a yellow flag during which teams may elect to pit. They may add fuel, change tires and make normal chassis adjustments. Only green flag laps count during the third segment.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Joe Nemechek , Jimmie Johnson , Scott Riggs , Hermie Sadler , Kirk Shelmerdine , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin , Mike Garvey