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Subway 500 Qualifying
MARTINSVILLE, Va.Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, qualified 13th for Sunday's Subway 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
Stewart toured the .526-mile oval in 19.794 seconds with an average speed of 95.665 mph. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate - Bobby Labonte - qualified 17th with a time of 19.818 seconds at an average speed of 95.550 mph.
Ryan Newman captured his 25th career pole position and his seventh of the season with a track record time of 19.513 seconds at an average speed of 97.043 mph, beating the previous mark of 19.855 seconds at 95.371 mph set by Tony Stewart in September of 2000. Rounding out the top-five were Rusty Wallace (19.677 seconds/96.234 mph), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (19.683 seconds/96.205 mph), Ward Burton (19.703 seconds/96.107 mph) and Travis Kvapil (19.704 seconds/96.102 mph).
Fifty teams attempted to qualify for the 500-lap race. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Klaus Graf, Mike Garvey, Morgan Shepherd, Ryan McGlynn, Greg Sacks, Brad Teague and Carl Long.
As far as manufacturers went, Dodge claimed the top two spots courtesy of Penske teammates Newman and R. Wallace. Earnhardt Jr. and W. Burton will carry the flag for Chevrolet from third and fourth. Kurt Busch will lead Ford from the seventh starting position.
The Subway 500 gets underway on Sun., Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. EDT. NBC will carry live coverage of the event.