Burton takes first pole of season

Jeff Burton took his first Bud Pole of the season in qualifying for the Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond. He broke the event record by lapping the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval in 21.466s, an average speed of 125.780mph

Burton takes first pole of season

Bobby Labonte, Jerry Nadeau, Rick Mast and Rusty Wallace round out the top five.

Bill Elliott returned to the track and put the McDonald's Ford in seventh on the grid. The former champion missed the last two races after breaking his knee in a domestic accident.

Qualifying was stopped briefly at Dale Earnhardt's request to check the track for any debris that may have been left after Scott Pruett brushed the wall
on the backstretch and spun out. Earnhardt qualified in 22nd. Pruett was
credited with 37th.

Ward Burton, Elliott, Johnny Benson, Ken Schrader and Mark Martin complete the top ten.

Frontrunners who missed out on a top 25 spot include Ricky Rudd, John Andretti, Mike Skinner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Terry Labonte and Sterling Marlin.

Busch Series runner Casey Atwood is making his Winston Cup debut this weekend and has qualified 35th fastest of the 47 cars entered.



1 Jeff Burton Ford 21.466s
2 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 21.489s
3 Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet 21.493s
4 Rick Mast Pontiac 21.516s
5 Rusty Wallace Ford 21.526s
6 Ward Burton Pontiac 21.599s
7 Bill Elliott Ford 21.610s
8 Johnny Benson Pontiac 21.619s
9 Ken Schrader Pontiac 21.621s
10 Mark Martin Ford 21.646s
11 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 21.655s
12 Steve Park Chevrolet 21.658s
13 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21.661s
14 Tony Stewart Pontiac 21.663s
15 Kevin Lepage Ford 21.670s
16 Elliott Sadler Ford 21.690s
17 Dale Jarrett Ford 21.697s
18 Jeremy Mayfield Ford 21.699s
19 Jimmy Spencer Ford 21.701s
20 Matt Kenseth Ford 21.709s
21 Brett Bodine Ford 21.709s
22 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 21.712s
23 Dave Blaney Pontiac 21.725s
24 Geoffrey Bodine Ford 21.733s
25 Ricky Craven Chevrolet 21.744s
26 Ricky Rudd Ford 21.758s
27 John Andretti Pontiac 21.763s
28 Stacy Compton Ford 21.782s
29 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 21.787s
30 Mike Skinner Chevrolet 21.798s
31 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 21.822s
32 Hut Stricklin Ford 21.845s
33 Bobby Hamilton Chevrolet 21.848s
34 Wally Dallenbach Ford 21.850s
35 Casey Atwood Ford 21.850s
36 Robert Pressley Ford 21.861s
37 Scott Pruett Ford 21.869s
38 Darrell Waltrip Ford 21.893s
39 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 21.930s
40 Mike Bliss Pontiac 21.935s
41 Ted Musgrave Chevrolet 21.935s
42 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 21.959s
43 Dave Marcis Chevrolet 21.992s
44 Robby Gordon Ford 22.014s
45 Chad Little Ford 22.039s
46 Steve Grissom Pontiac 22.111s
47 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet No Time

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