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Hmiel Claims Texas Pole

Shane Hmiel has claimed the Busch pole from series rival Martin Truex Jr for the O'Reilly 300 at the Texas Motor Speedway

The pole is Hmiel's fourth, and was achieved with a lap around the 1.5 mile oval of 28.445 seconds, just three hundredths faster than Truex. Current points leader Carl Edwards was third, two hundredths back.

"That was the freest race car that I've ever qualified and not really messed up," Edwards said after the session. "It was fun, and I'm pretty excited about our chances on Saturday."

Kyle Busch, along with Shawna Robinson, crashed in qualifying and was unable to qualify for the race.

O'Reilly 300 Busch Series Qualifying Results

Pos Driver              Make       Time      Gap    Speed
 1. Shane Hmiel         Chevrolet  28.445           189.840
 2. Martin Truex Jr.    Chevrolet  28.475  - 0.030  189.640
 3. Carl Edwards        Ford       28.499  - 0.054  189.480
 4. Justin Labonte      Chevrolet  28.520  - 0.075  189.341
 5. Mark Martin         Ford       28.556  - 0.111  189.102
 6. Tony Stewart        Chevrolet  28.585  - 0.140  188.910
 7. Jon Wood            Ford       28.600  - 0.155  188.811
 8. Greg Biffle         Ford       28.606  - 0.161  188.772
 9. Denny Hamlin        Chevrolet  28.613  - 0.168  188.725
10. Johnny Sauter       Dodge      28.613  - 0.168  188.725
11. Michel Jourdain Jr  Ford       28.615  - 0.170  188.712
12. Michael Waltrip     Chevrolet  28.617  - 0.172  188.699
13. Blake Feese         Chevrolet  28.651  - 0.206  188.475
14. Joe Nemechek        Chevrolet  28.667  - 0.222  188.370
15. Reed Sorenson       Dodge      28.672  - 0.227  188.337
16. Jamie McMurray      Dodge      28.735  - 0.290  187.924
17. Ashton Lewis        Ford       28.820  - 0.375  187.370
18. Jeremy Mayfield     Dodge      28.840  - 0.395  187.240
19. Elliott Sadler      Ford       28.859  - 0.414  187.117
20. Paul Menard         Chevrolet  28.859  - 0.414  187.117
21. Matt Kenseth        Ford       28.880  - 0.435  186.981
22. Kenny Wallace       Ford       28.882  - 0.437  186.968
23. Jason Keller        Ford       29.039  - 0.594  185.957
24. David Green         Ford       29.047  - 0.602  185.906
25. Kasey Kahne         Dodge      29.077  - 0.632  185.714
26. Eric McClure        Ford       29.123  - 0.678  185.421
27. Jerry Robertson     Chevrolet  29.141  - 0.696  185.306
28. David Stremme       Dodge      29.179  - 0.734  185.065
29. Clint Bowyer        Chevrolet  29.185  - 0.740  185.027
30. Sterling Marlin     Dodge      29.213  - 0.768  184.849
31. Brandon Miller      Chevrolet  29.230  - 0.785  184.742
32. Geoffrey Bodine     Chevrolet  29.246  - 0.801  184.641
33. Tim Fedewa          Dodge      29.388  - 0.943  183.749
34. David Ragan         Chevrolet  29.417  - 0.972  183.567
35. Stacy Compton       Ford       29.460  - 1.015  183.299
36. Kertus Davis        Chevrolet  29.502  - 1.057  183.038
37. Brent Sherman       Dodge      29.681  - 1.236  181.935
38. Derrike Cope        Ford       29.687  - 1.242  181.898
39. Stanton Barrett     Chevrolet  29.724  - 1.279  181.671
40. Randy LaJoie        Chevrolet  29.831  - 1.386  181.020
41. Ryan Hemphill       Dodge      33.689  - 5.244  160.290
42. J.J. Yeley          Chevrolet  68.619  -40.174   78.695
43. Steve Grissom       Ford       Champion's Provisional
 
Did not Qualify
44  Aaron Fike          Dodge      29.754  - 1.309  181.488
45  Mark Green          Chevrolet  30.381  - 1.936  177.743
46  Kyle Busch          Chevrolet  - - -
47  Shawna Robinson     Chevrolet  - - -

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