Ray takes pole in Texas

The reigning IRL champion Greg Ray is on pole for the final race of the season, Sunday's Excite 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. But with Ray way down in 11th in this season's standings, it is the drivers who will start behind him that will decide this year's championship

Ray takes pole in Texas

Series leader Buddy Lazier starts Sunday's race from sixth, but his closest rival in the championship, Scott Goodyear, starts ahead of him in second.

However, with Lazier just needing to finish in 13th place to take the crown, Goodyear will be hoping to finish first and hope Lazier has some kind of problem if he is to nick to title.

Full report to follow.



1) 1 Greg Ray 24.323s 215.352mph
2) 4 Scott Goodyear 24.432s 214.391mph
3) 14 Jeff Ward 24.583s 213.074mph
4) 3 Al Unser Jr. 24.634s 212.633mph
5) 24 Robbie Buhl 24.668s 212.340mph
6) 91 Buddy Lazier 24.672s 212.305mph
7) 43 Davey Hamilton 24.678s 212.254mph
8) 5 Robby McGehee 24.708s 211.996mph
9) 20 Tyce Carlson 24.747s 211.662mph
10) 51 Eddie Cheever Jr. 24.768s 211.483mph
11) 28 Mark Dismore 24.788s 211.312mph
12) 16 Jaques Lazier 24.825s 210.997mph
13) 15 Sarah Fisher 24.828s 210.971mph
14) 6 Jeret Schroeder 24.833s 210.928mph
15) 55 Shigeaki Hattori 24.833s 210.928mph
16) 98 Donnie Beechler 24.845s 210.827mph
17) 12 Buzz Calkins 24.886s 210.480mph
18) 18 Sam Hornish Jr. 24.946s 209.974mph
19) 88 Airton Dare 24.947s 209.965mph
20) 27 Jimmy Kite 24.951s 209.931mph
21) 11 Eliseo Salazar 24.966s 209.805mph
22) 81 Billy Boat 24.971s 209.763mph
23) 7 Stephan Gregoire 25.092s 208.752mph
24) 8 Scott Sharp 25.108s 208.619mph
25) 21 Zak Morioka 25.233s 207.585mph
26) 19 Stevie Reeves 25.415s 206.099mph
27) 30 JJ Yeley 25.784s 203.149mph

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