Sadler on Talladega pole

Elliott Sadler may have missed the Chase for the Nextel Cup but the No. 38 Ford wasn't missing much at Talladega Superspeedway. Sadler went out 34th but toured the 2.66-mile tri-oval with the quickest time. "Robert and Doug Yates put a lot of ...

Elliott Sadler may have missed the Chase for the Nextel Cup but the No. 38 Ford wasn't missing much at Talladega Superspeedway. Sadler went out 34th but toured the 2.66-mile tri-oval with the quickest time.

"Robert and Doug Yates put a lot of effort into coming down here to Talladega," Sadler said. "We want our speedway program to run good and we've got a lot of people from M&M's here, so we wanted to come up with a good showing. So far, so good. The car is driving good.

"I'm proud of my guys for their hard work - everybody in the engine shop. Kevin (Buskirk, crew chief) did a great job last week and he might have his first pole this weekend as a crew chief so we'll see what happens."

Sadler ran a 189.260 mph to just edge out Kevin Harvick for the top spot. It is the fifth pole of his career and the third this season.

"This track really isn't about the driver," said Sadler. "This is all about the fab shop and the guys in the engine shop. I can't say enough about how hard my guys work. They gave me a great car."

Harvick wound up second.

"It was a good lap," said Harvick. "Our guys always do a real good job preparing fast race cars for us when we come to superspeedways. I'm just looking forward to trying to get this car into Victory Lane on Sunday."

Dale Jarrett was third, earning just his second top-three start of the year.

"Today is about guys back in the fab shop and the cars they gave us," Jarrett said. "It's a brand new race car. (It's about) the adjustments Todd (Parrott) and these guys did to get me ready to make two laps today. So, my job really starts tomorrow - getting it ready for the race. I'm looking forward to that. I think we've got a good car for Sunday so it should be fun."

Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart complete the top five.

"This is the same car we won the 400 with," commented Stewart. "So it drove real good. It's the same package and everything, so I think it's going to be alright."

Point leader Jimmie Johnson will take the green flag from the eighth starting spot.

"I'm very pleased with it," Johnson said. "The guys went back and worked on the car and found some things to pick up some speed. So I am very happy with that."

Forty-seven cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field; failing to make the show were Morgan Shepard, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and Johnny Sauter.

Editor's note: Kevin Harvick's qualifying time was disallowed due to technical infractions found during post-qualifying inspection. Harvick will start in the 42nd postion.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Johnny Sauter , Elliott Sadler