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Pennsylvania 500 Qualifying
LONG POND, Pa.Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, qualified sixth for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
"The track cooled down and everybody was picking up speed," said Stewart, who toured the 2.5-mile oval in 53.721 seconds with an average speed of 167.532 mph. "I told the guys that I didn't think we ran that good a lap. I didn't feel like it was a smooth lap, but evidently it was a pretty decent, quick lap."
Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates - Jason Leffler and Bobby Labonte - qualified 19th and 23rd, respectively. Leffler clocked a time of 54.265 seconds with an average speed of 165.853 mph, while Labonte timed in at 54.347 seconds with an average speed of 165.603 mph.
Jamie McMurray captured his second career pole position and his first of the season with a time of 53.330 seconds at an average speed of 168.761 mph. Rounding out the top-five were Kurt Busch (53.402 seconds at 168.533 mph), Mark Martin (53.450 seconds at 168.382 mph), Ryan Newman (53.492 seconds at 168.249 mph) and Ricky Rudd (53.617 seconds at167.857 mph).
Forty-seven teams attempted to qualify for the 200-lap race. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Morgan Shepherd, Hermie Sadler, Carl Long and Derrike Cope.
As far as manufacturers went, Stewart was the best Chevrolet in sixth, while Dodge won the pole with McMurray. Ford and Chevrolet had four cars each in the top-10, while Dodge had two.
The Pennsylvania 500 gets underway on Sunday, July 24 at 1:40 p.m. EDT. TNT will carry live coverage of the event.