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Date: Nov. 3, 2006
Event: Dickies 500 Qualifying
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Pole Winner: Brian Vickers of Hendrick Motorsports
JGR Lineup: Denny Hamlin (6th); Tony Stewart (8th); J.J. Yeley (26th)

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Kinko's Chevrolet, led the three-car Joe Gibbs Racing contingent by qualifying sixth for Sunday's Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Hamlin turned a lap of 27.898 seconds at 193.562 mph on the 1.5-mile oval. "That was a good run for the FedEx Kinko's Chevy," said Hamlin. "I think it'll be even better in the race." 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 eighth and 26th, respectively. Stewart turned a lap of 27.933 seconds at a speed of 193.320 mph, while Yeley timed in at 28.184 seconds with an average speed of 191.598 mph. "This is the car we won with at Atlanta and Kansas City," said Stewart. "It has always been a good car. This thing just feels really good. It just has one of those feels that I like. It matches how I like to drive the thing and it's just a combination that works well for us. I am really happy with it." "We were decent in our mock runs earlier (in practice) and we were pretty close to what Denny and Tony ran," said Yeley. "We made a couple of changes, fought being a little bit too tight in (turns) three and four. This is a brand new race car and it drove really good. I know just a little bit is pretty big here. I guess I probably need to pick the throttle up a little earlier coming off of (turn) four coming to the checkered. I thought it was a pretty good lap." Hall of Fame Racing, which gets its engines, cars and technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing, will start 41st with Tony Raines at the wheel of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet. Brian Vickers captured his fourth career pole position and his first of the season with a track record time of 27.518 seconds at a speed of 196.235 mph. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Elliott Sadler (27.637 seconds at 195.390 mph), Kurt Busch (27.713 seconds at 194.854 mph), Kasey Kahne (27.719 seconds at 194.812 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (27.859 seconds at 193.833 mph). Fifty drivers attempted to qualify for the 334-lap race. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Chad Chaffin, Bill Elliott, Kevin Lepage, Mike Skinner, David Ragan, Derrike Cope and A.J. Allmendinger. As far as manufacturers went, Chevy took the top spot thanks to Vickers' pole-winning mark. Dodge, meanwhile, took positions two through four via the runs made by Sadler, Busch and Kahne. Ford's best came at the hands of rookie David Gilliland, who notched the seventh-quickest time (27.926 seconds at 193.368 mph). The Dickies 500 gets underway on Sun., Nov. 5 at 2:55 p.m. EST. NBC will broadcast the race live and in high-definition.

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