Elliott Sadler obliterated the track record set here in May with a lap of 193.216 mph. Ryan Newman who set the old record also bested his prior time touring Lowe's Motor Speedway with a lap of 193.216. They were the only two drivers that broke...
Elliott Sadler obliterated the track record set here in May with a lap of 193.216 mph. Ryan Newman who set the old record also bested his prior time touring Lowe's Motor Speedway with a lap of 193.216.
They were the only two drivers that broke the 193-mph mark.
"Only that car," commented Sadler when asked what was up his sleeve. "My guys are doing such a great job and everything is just gelling together. We have been good all day long, but Ryan Newman doesn't stay out of the gas long so I went out there and knew what I had to do. It about scared me half to death."
Sadler, who turned the fastest time during initial practice for the NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at LMS, earned his fourth pole of the year and sixth of his career.
"The car is so fast and so smooth and everyone has their cars sucked down in the front," said Sadler. "It's such a good car; we just need to get some luck."
Newman starts on the outside pole, "The lap felt good, but you never know what the track is going to be like as far as balance and everything else.if you look at the track right now it's just plain ugly. But, it's really fast and smooth. The track is grippy and fast. I don't think it's cooled off as much as it usually does here.
"Any racetrack is unpredictable in nature. It's just a lot faster here than it has been, over a second faster."
Jimmie Johnson was third with a lap of 192.850 mph. Johnson was fastest in the second practice but blew an engine and will have to start at the rear of the field Saturday night.
"That was a pretty strong lap," Johnson said. "In practice the car was a little looser. I hit all the same points and did all the same things but we just couldn't get it."
Point leader Tony Stewart and teammate Bobby Labonte complete the top five.
"We ran a lap in practice that I screwed up on but will still ran a decent lap," said Labonte. "We should have done better. Just worked on the car a little bit to make the adjustments for night time. You know, we tweaked it a little bit here and there and got us a really good lap.
"The guys on the Interstate Batteries Chevrolet did a good job today. We just worked on race setup in the first practice, and then we worked n qualifying setup in the second practice, so I am pretty happy with our efforts."
Forty-nine cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field; failing to make the show were Stanton Barrett, PJ Jones, Mike Garvey, Jimmy Spencer, Carl Long and Boris Said.