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Allstate 400 at The Brickyard Qualifying
SPEEDWAY, Ind.,Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, qualified 22nd for Sunday's Allstate 400 at The Brickyard NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"It wasn't what we wanted, but it's still a good race car," said Stewart, who toured the 2.5-mile oval in 49.632 seconds with an average speed of 181.334 mph. "I got a little bit tight in (turn) three and couldn't get back in the gas. The cloud cover helped us, but then it ended up biting us too a little bit and got us too tight.
"We caught the clouds when we needed to. The track temp came down about nine or ten degrees, which tightened us up quite a bit and I just got too tight. Zippy (crew chief Greg Zipadelli) did a great job of trying to get the car tight enough so that I could go out there and try to improve my time from practice. We were still loose in part of the track and I just got tight in (turn) three just trying to push too hard.
"I just want to win one of these races," added Stewart. "I'm not greedy. I don't have to win four of them. I just want one."
Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates - Jason Leffler and Bobby Labonte - qualified 18th and 36th, respectively. Leffler clocked a time of 49.593 seconds with an average speed of 181.477 mph, while Labonte timed in at 50.209 seconds with an average speed of 179.250 mph.
Elliott Sadler captured his fourth career pole position and his second of the season with a time of 48.882 seconds at an average speed of 184.116 mph. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Jeremy Mayfield (49.166 seconds at 183.053 mph), Michael Waltrip (49.187 seconds at 182.975 mph), Kasey Kahne (49.224 seconds at 182.837 mph) and Brian Vickers (49.238 seconds at 182.785 mph).
Fifty-two drivers attempted to qualify for the 160-lap race. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Kevin Lepage, Tony Raines, Mike Garvey, Stuart Kirby, Mike Wallace, P.J. Jones, Morgan Shepherd, Kenny Wallace and Jimmy Spencer.
As far as manufacturers went, Ford took the top spot thanks to Sadler's pole-winning mark, while Dodge was next best at the hands of Mayfield. Chevrolet posted the third-quickest time via Waltrip.
The Allstate 400 at The Brickyard gets underway on Sun., Aug. 8 at 2:40 p.m. EDT. NBC will carry live coverage of the event.