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Ford 400 Qualifying
HOMESTEAD, Fla.Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, qualified eighth for Sunday's Ford 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"The car is good," said Stewart. "On the second lap I just overdrove it there in turn three. I'm really proud of Zippy (crew chief Greg Zipadelli) and the guys."
Stewart toured the 1.5-mile oval in 30.360 seconds with an average speed of 177.866 mph. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate - Bobby Labonte - qualified sixth with a time of 30.245 seconds at an average speed of 178.542 mph.
Kurt Busch captured his third career pole position with a time of 30.114 seconds at an average speed of 179.319 mph. Rounding out the top-five were Greg Biffle (30.116 seconds at 179.307 mph), Ryan Newman (30.152 seconds at 179.093 mph), Kasey Kahne (30.186 seconds at 178.891 mph) and Jeff Gordon (30.215 seconds at 178.719 mph).
Fifty-six drivers attempted to qualify for the 267-lap race. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Kyle Petty, Johnny Sauter, Mike Garvey, Tony Raines, Kevin Lepage, Todd Bodine, J.J. Yeley, Larry Foyt, Randy LaJoie, Morgan Shepherd, Kirk Shelmerdine, Carl Long and Geoffrey Bodine.
As far as manufacturers went, Ford swept the front row via Roush Racing teammates Busch and Biffle. Dodge occupies row two thanks to Newman and Kahne. And Chevrolet will take the third row via Gordon and Labonte.
The Ford 400 gets underway on Sun., Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. EST. NBC will carry live coverage of the event.