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Dollar General 300 Qualifying
CONCORD, N.C.Tony Stewart, driver of the #19 DLP HDTV Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing, qualified 25th for tonight's Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"That was an okay lap for us, but it still made it tough because we were in a big group of people that had to qualify for just a couple of spots," said Stewart, who toured the 1.5-mile oval in 29.512 seconds with an average speed of 182.976 mph. "But our time stood up and we're in.
"I'm really happy and proud of this Busch team and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing. They built a brand new car for this race and it's probably one of the nicest Busch cars I've ever seen. They did an awesome job."
Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates - Denny Hamlin and J.J. Yeley - qualified seventh and 10th, respectively. Hamlin clocked a time of 29.070 seconds with an average speed of 185.759 mph, while Yeley timed in at 29.130 seconds with an average speed of 185.376 mph.
Jimmie Johnson captured his second career Busch Series pole position with a track record time of 28.764 seconds at an average speed of 187.735 mph. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Ryan Newman (28.933 seconds at 186.638 mph), Kyle Busch (28.966 seconds at 186.425 mph), Reed Sorenson (29.015 seconds at 186.111 mph) and Regan Smith (29.048 seconds at 185.899 mph).
Fifty drivers attempted to qualify for the 200-lap race. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Kertus Davis, Michael Jourdain Jr., Michael Waltrip, Steve Grissom, Mark Green, Johnny Benson and Kim Crosby.
As far as manufacturers went, Chevrolet took the top spot via Johnson's pole-winning mark, while Dodge was next best at the hands of Newman. Carrying the flag for Ford was sixth-quick Kenny Wallace (29.052 seconds at 185.874 mph).
The Dollar General 300 gets underway tonight at 8 p.m. EDT. TNT will carry live coverage of the event.