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JGR Qualifying Report — AMD at The Glen
Date: Aug. 11, 2006
Event: AMD at The Glen Qualifying
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Location: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (2.45-mile road course)
Pole Winner: Kurt Busch of Penske Racing
JGR Lineup: Tony Stewart (Eighth) Denny Hamlin (10th) J.J. Yeley (26th) Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet, qualified eighth for Sunday's AMD at The Glen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International to lead the three-car contingent of Joe Gibbs Racing. Stewart turned a lap of 73.126 seconds at a speed of 120.614 mph on the 2.45-mile road course. "It seems like the track is really slick," Stewart said. "I'm surprised I ran that slow. I don't know. It didn't run like that in practice. We just always seem to have a good package when we come here and our cars drive well when we get here. We just get in the car and we go. We don't reinvent the wheel. We just get in and drive the race car." Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Â¿ Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Express Chevrolet and J.J. Yeley in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Â¿ qualified 10th and 26th, respectively. Hamlin turned a lap of 73.197, 120.497, while Yeley timed in at 73.946, 119.276. "I'm pretty happy with that," Hamlin said. "I feel like we made gains. Our car was just really, really loose. I felt like we could run in the 72s, but still, I'm decently happy with that. It's a lot better than Sonoma, for sure." "We made one qualifying lap and it felt really, really good," Yeley said. "They tightened the car up a little bit, and I guess we just didn't go enough. The last three corners really got loose, really gave up a bunch of time." Kurt Busch captured his sixth career pole position and his third of the season with a time of 71.727, 122.966. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Kasey Kahne (72.387, 121.845), Ryan Newman (72.508, 121.642), Jeff Gordon (72.633, 121.432) and Jimmie Johnson (72.789, 121.172). Fifty drivers attempted to qualify for the 90-lap race. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Chris Cook, Max Papis, Tom Hubert, David Murry, Dale Quarterley, Johnny Miller and Brandon Ash. As far as manufacturers went, Dodge took the top spot thanks to Busch's pole-winning mark while Chevy was next best at the hands of Gordon. Carrying the flag for Ford was Elliott Sadler who qualified 12th. The AMD at The Glen gets underway on Sun., Aug. 13 at 1:35 p.m. EDT. NBC will carry live coverage of the event.