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JGR Qualifying Report - Bank of America 500

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Date: Oct. 12, 2006
Event: Bank of America 500 Qualifying
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Pole Winner: Scott Riggs of Evernham Motorsports
JGR Lineup: Denny Hamlin (23rd); Tony Stewart (32nd); J.J. Yeley (41st) Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Kinkos Chevrolet, led the three-car Joe Gibbs Racing contingent by qualifying 23rd for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Hamlin turned a lap of 28.867 seconds at 187.065 mph on the 1.5-mile oval. "The FedEx Chevrolet is better than we showed tonight," said Hamlin. "We had the car running really well in practice, but it just didn't post the lap we hoped to out there. We're not worried about the race because we have a lot of time tomorrow to work on this race car and get it ready for Saturday night. It's a long race and we know we'll have a lot of opportunities to move up." Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates - Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet and J.J. Yeley in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet - qualified 32nd and 41st, respectively. Stewart turned a lap of 28.982 seconds at a speed of 186.323 mph, while Yeley timed in at 29.237 seconds with an average speed of 184.697 mph. "The car is a lot better in race trim," said Stewart. "It's a long race, and we've got plenty of time to get to the front." "It's a decent lap," said Yeley. "We were a little conservative on setup, a little bit too tight. I think if I'd have pushed it the first lap we probably could have run a .90. It still wouldn't have been spectacular, but it would have been inside the top-20. All in all, we've got two practices tomorrow to get this car going." Scott Riggs captured his third career pole position and his second of the season with a time of 28.203 seconds at a speed of 191.469 mph. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Kasey Kahne (28.392 seconds at 190.194 mph), Casey Mears (28.479 seconds at 189.613 mph), Elliott Sadler (28.568 seconds at 189.023 mph) and Kevin Harvick (28.611 seconds at 188.739 mph). Kurt Busch, whose time of 28.464 seconds at 189.713 mph was good enough for third quick, had his time disallowed after the right rear shock on his No. 2 Dodge did not conform to NASCAR specifications in post-qualifying technical inspection. Fifty-two drivers attempted to qualify for the 334-lap race. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Bill Elliott, Kevin Lepage, Derrike Cope, Chad Chaffin, Hermie Sadler, Kirk Shelmerdine, Carl Long, Kenny Wallace and Morgan Shepherd. As far as manufacturers went, Dodge swept the first two rows via the runs made by Riggs, Kahne, Mears and Sadler. Chevrolet was next best at the hands of Harvick. Carrying the flag for Ford was seventh-quick Mark Martin (28.636 seconds at 188.574 mph). The Bank of America 500 gets underway on Sat, Oct. 14 at 7:10 p.m. EDT. NBC will broadcast the race live and in high-definition.

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