Texas: GM teams qualifying notes, quotes

Tony Stewart Wins the Pole at Texas for his 400th Career Start; Team Chevy Scores Six of Top-10 Starters for Sunday's Race Ft. Worth - Tony Stewart put the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet on the pole for Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor...

Tony Stewart Wins the Pole at Texas for his 400th Career Start; Team Chevy Scores Six of Top-10 Starters for Sunday's Race

Ft. Worth - Tony Stewart put the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet on the pole for Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sunday's race will be the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion's 400th career start.

This is Stewart's 11th pole in NSCS competition and his first since Martinsville Speedway, October 2005.

Team Chevy drivers captured six of the top-10 starting positions for the 334-lap, 501-mile race.

Four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, will roll off fourth.

Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, qualified in the sixth position. Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, posted the eighth fastest qualifying time.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, will start ninth in the eighth race of the season.

Ryan Newman, No. 39 US Army ROTC Chevrolet, last week's winner at Phoenix International Raceway, will roll off in the 10th starting spot.

A total of 14 Chevrolet drivers will take the green flag at 2:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday.

Sam Hornish, Jr. (Dodge), Greg Biffle (Ford) and Kasey Kahne (Ford) complete the top-five starters.

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE CHEVROLET, POLE SITTER:

"I am real happy with our lap. I'm not normally a very good qualifying so that is a great great run for our Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy. I want to thank Hendrick chassis and engines. This one is for everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing. They have really been working hard. Last weekend was a good weekend for us as an organization. I am really proud of what they are doing, so thank you guys!

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 21ST:

"Hopefully it rains tomorrow because we did an awful lot of work today in race trim to be honest. So, for qualifying we kind of shot ourselves in the foot because we did so many race runs today. But hopefully, it pays off if it rains tomorrow."

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CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 8TH:

"We picked up from practice. We were happy with the Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet. The car has been good since we unloaded off the truck. That is what you have to have at these bigger race tracks like this. Excited about the way the car is. I think our draw there hurt us a bunch, going out so early. It is amazing how much weather truly can affect the way it is. But, that is the way it is, you can't beat that. So hopefully, we can in there and be up front and we will be alright in the race."

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RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY ROTC CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH:

"That was a good run for the US Army ROTC Chevrolet. I felt like we picked up speed on a track that was hotter so it was a good thing. We were only beat by the guys that beat us in practice. Two good things. It was a good effort and hopefully a good starting spot. The cloud cover definitely makes a difference. We are just doing the best we can with what we have to work with. Mother Nature sometimes smiles and sometimes she doesn't. I think the tires are a bigger difference here this time rather than the spoiler compared to last Fall and Spring rather than the actual aerodynamic differences with the wing versus the spoiler."

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DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 9TH:

"We had some things that the car was doing in practice that we were trying to improve on. The car was real tight from the center off. We didn't fix them, we still had that problem right there. A little disappointed that we didn't get the car driving better from the center off. So it is going to hurt us a little bit as qualifying goes on to the later qualifiers and the speeds pickup a little bit more."

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JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 6TH:

"The Caterpillar Chevy was a bit loose in our qualifying lap but it was certainly fast. We brought a new car to Texas that we're excited about. Our qualifying efforts are improving each week and I'm happy about our sixth-place starting spot. Clean air is important at a place like Texas."

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JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 4th:

"Very good performance for us. Felt like I could have gone a little faster. We worked on some things. The car was dragging the track in practice. I was trying to find that balance of really pushing hard, but then not screwing up a respectable lap. There was more out there. Real pleased with the lap, we were fast in practice and backed it up in qualifying."

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JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT/NATIONAL GUARD SPECIAL FORCES CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 12TH:

"The battery issue on pit road didn't affect anything much at all. We are fortunate that we found it early enough to get it changed and everything was fine. It was a decent lap. Just a little bit too free. We were a little bit too tight in practice and freed it up a little bit too much. We were hoping to keep up our success of good qualifying that we have had recently. Today we won't do that but very excited about the weekend and our Special Forces National Guard DuPont Chevrolet was really awesome in practice and I can't wait to get out there tomorrow and get ourselves ready for the race."

-source: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Clint Bowyer , Sam Hornis
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing