Martinsville Speedway qualifying summary

Scott Riggs Nabs First Career NEXTEL Cup Pole At Martinsville MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 8, 2005) - Martinsville Speedway has to be feeling a lot like home to Scott Riggs. Riggs picked up his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole at ...

Scott Riggs Nabs First Career NEXTEL Cup Pole At Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 8, 2005) - Martinsville Speedway has to be feeling a lot like home to Scott Riggs.

Riggs picked up his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole at Martinsville Speedway Friday during qualifying for Sunday's Advance Auto Parts 500. The second-year NEXTEL Cup driver turned in a quick lap of 19.588 seconds (96.671 mph), edging out Ryan Newman and Jeremy Mayfield.

"I think that here, winning a pole means a lot because everyone knows you've got a good car, you know you can go fast off the bat," said Riggs after his Jackson Hewitt Pole Day victory.

Just a few years ago Riggs captured his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory at Martinsville.

"Our first truck win was here at this track. I knew we had a pretty good truck that day, but I didn't think we had the truck to beat. We stayed out on two tires and didn't pit and held onto the track position and won the race," said Riggs. "That was probably one of the most memorable wins because * not just because it was one of my first wins * but also because of all my family and friends that were here because I'm only an hour and a half away from home."

It is Riggs' first career Bud Pole in 41 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. It is his second top-10 start in three races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second top-10 start in 2005.

Riggs did not better the track qualifying record of 19.513 seconds, set by Newman last fall.

Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 19.591 seconds, and will join Riggs on the front row for the Advance Auto Parts 500. Newman has started from a top-10 starting position in all seven of his races at Martinsville. This is his fifth start of third or better here.

"I wish we could have done better, but this isn't too bad," said Newman. "I think the track slowed down a little bit. You can't get the pole every time. We had the fastest car in practice, but we lost it."

Mayfield (third) posted his third top-10 start in 20 races at Martinsville. His previous best start here was sixth in April 2001. It is his third top-10 start in 2005.

Rusty Wallace qualified fourth for his 33rd top-10 start in 43 races at Martinsville. It is his second start better than 21st in 2005 - both in the past two races.

Rounding out the top five was Kevin Harvick, last week's winner at Bristol.

Tickets remain for the Advance Auto Parts 500 and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

Action returns to Martinsville Speedway Saturday with the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the gate.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Scott Riggs