Tony Stewart Wins Pole at Texas!

Tony Stewart won the Coors Light Pole award at the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon with a qualifying time 27.628 seconds or 195.454 miles per hour.  He beat Brad Keselowski’s time of 27.636 at the last second as the third qualifying had expired.  Stewart said, “I wasn’t sure I could on” the car was so fast. “This Chevy was fast today.”  The pole was Stewart’s 15th of his career and second at Texas.

Stewart-Haas Racing was fast as Kevin Harvick shattered the track record with a qualifying speed of 198.28 mph, the fastest average speed ever recorded at a 1.5 mile track for a NSCAR qualifying session.  He was followed by Trevor Bayne, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman in the first session. Toyota Racing and Joe Gibbs seemed to struggle for time as only Brian Vickers and Denny Hamlin had enough speed to move to that second round. Notable drivers that did not move on to the second round of qualifying (top 24 qualifiers only) were Kasey Kahne (32nd), last year’s pole winner Kyle Busch (29th) and  Matt Kenseth (26th).  Kenseth said after that first session, “We missed the set-up and the track must have picked up speed after that rain shower earlier.”

The second session, which would only qualify the top twelve for the final session, was lead by the Ford of Greg Biffle who topped the charts at 196.235 mph. He was followed closely by the eventual pole winner Stewart, Harvick, Keselowski and his Penske team mate Joey Logano.

In the last session, which only lasts 5 minutes, Keselowski was quite fast until he was nipped by Stewart.

 

Line Up (per Nascar):

 

POS Car No Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind

1

14

 Tony Stewart

195.454

27.628

2

2

 Brad Keselowski

195.419

27.633

 –0.005

3

4

 Kevin Harvick

195.298

27.65

 –0.022

4

16

 Greg Biffle

194.7

27.735

 –0.107

5

99

 Carl Edwards

194.637

27.744

 –0.116

6

11

 Denny Hamlin

194.623

27.746

 –0.118

7

21

 Trevor Bayne

194.503

27.763

 –0.135

8

31

 Ryan Newman

194.14

27.815

 –0.187

9

9

 M.Ambrose

194.056

27.827

 –0.199

10

22

 Joey Logano

193.743

27.872

 –0.244

11

41

 Kurt Busch

193.126

27.961

 –0.333

12

24

 Jeff Gordon

192.089

28.112

 –0.484

13

27

 Paul Menard

194.259

27.798

 –0.170

14

42

 Kyle Larson

194.084

27.823

 –0.195

15

1

J. McMurray

194.021

27.832

 –0.204

16

48

 Jimmie Johnson

194.007

27.834

 –0.206

17

43

 Aric Almirola

193.59

27.894

 –0.266

18

78

 Martin Truex Jr

193.493

27.908

 –0.280

19

88

 Dale Earnhardt J

193.354

27.928

 –0.300

20

3

 Austin Dillon

193.154

27.957

 –0.329

21

13

 Casey Mears

193.154

27.957

 –0.329

22

51

 Justin Allgaier

192.981

27.982

 –0.354

23

55

 Brian Vickers

192.768

28.013

 –0.385

24

10

 Danica Patrick

192.761

28.014

 –0.386

25

15

 Clint Bowyer

194.988

27.694

 –0.066

26

20

 Matt Kenseth

194.637

27.744

 –0.116

27

7

 M. Annett

194.602

27.749

 –0.121

28

95

 M. McDowell

194.581

27.752

 –0.124

29

18

 Kyle Busch

194.539

27.758

 –0.130

30

23

 Alex Bowman

194.454

27.77

 –0.142

31

17

 R. Stenhouse Jr

194.44

27.772

 –0.144

32

5

 Kasey Kahne

194.028

27.831

 –0.203

33

47

 AJ Allmendinger

193.611

27.891

 –0.263

34

35

 D. Reutimann

192.954

27.986

 –0.358

35

77

 Dave Blaney

192.52

28.049

 –0.421

36

30

 P. Kligerman

192.219

28.093

 –0.465

37

32

 Travis Kvapil

192.171

28.1

 –0.472

38

36

 Reed Sorenson

191.748

28.162

 –0.534

39

38

 David Gilliland

191.625

28.18

 –0.552

40

40

 Landon Cassill

191.408

28.212

 –0.584

41

98

 Josh Wise

191.232

28.238

 –0.610

42

26

 Cole Whitt

189.036

28.566

 –0.938

43

34

 David Ragan

187.839

28.748

 –1.120

 

 

 

 

 

 

43

34

 David Ragan Ford To Bellac

187.839

28.748

 –1.120


The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com.

Ed Coombshttp://www.sportshooter.com/coombse
Ed began covering NASCAR for the former Gater Racing News regularly in 2000. He began working with Speedway Media in 2003 by supplying exclusive photos from the races covered. Currently he is the Editor and Assistant Publisher of Speedway Media. He also manages staff and credentialing. With the closing down of Gater News after nearly 50 years he hopes to become a more regular contributor at Speedway Media as a writer and photographer. My Twitter name is @coombsed feel free to follow me I am a member of the National Motorsports Press Association.

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