BUSCH: Mears on pole at Charlotte

Casey Mears knocked Robby Gordon off the pole late in Busch Series time-trials to grab his second pole of the season, and second of his career. Mears lap of 183.014 smoked the rest of the grid by nearly two miles per hour. "We picked up a lot...

Casey Mears knocked Robby Gordon off the pole late in Busch Series time-trials to grab his second pole of the season, and second of his career. Mears lap of 183.014 smoked the rest of the grid by nearly two miles per hour.

"We picked up a lot from practice," said Mears. "It always feels good to come somewhere and sit on the pole.

"I am looking forward to the race tomorrow night, we have a great car."

Mears has competed on a limited basis in the Busch Series this season, making just his ninth start this weekend. In the last eight events, Mears has earned two top-fives and four top-10 results, as well as the pole at California Speedway.

Gordon garnered second, his seventh top five start of the season.

"I think we are going to be really good when it comes to race set up," said Gordon. "We were 10th fastest coming into qualifying, we think our car is going to be really good. The Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet has been a lot of fun, hopefully we will be in a position to win the race tomorrow night."

Greg Biffle charted the third fastest time with a lap of 181.824 mph. Biffle, who made a commitment to run all the Busch series races as well as the full season of Cup in 2004, will make only 15-20 starts in the No. 60 Charter Ford in 2005.

"We're going to be in the back for the race tomorrow night," said Biffle. "The motor wasn't running right that qualifying lap. We are having fuel pressure problems, fuel pick-up problems probably. Unfortunately, we are going to have to work on our car tomorrow (change the engine) and start at the back tomorrow night."

Jamie McMurray and Blake Feese complete the top five.

"I was still a little surprised," said Feese. "This morning when we made our bonsai run we got caught with a couple of cars and had to lift, and didn't get out of the run what we could have. Boy, we picked up quite a bit, and we're happy with that."

The Busch field was littered with Cup series regulars, who usually do not compete in Busch events including Jimmie Johnson (20th) , Sterling Marlin (31st), and Bobby Labonte (16th).

The largest field of qualifiers all season, a field of fifty-seven, attempted to make the forty-three car grid at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Notably, among those failing to make the show were Paul Menard, Tina Gordon, Brad Teague, and Jimmy Kitchens.

Championship leader Martin Truex, Jr. will take the green flag from the 9th spot on the grid, while the racer feverishly chasing Truex for the title, Kyle Busch, rolls off 18th. Currently, Truex leads Busch by a comfortable margin of 149 points.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Blake Feese , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , Brad Teague , Jimmy Kitchens , Kyle Busch