Stewart on Pole for 1st Chase Race

Tony Stewart will start tomorrow's New Hampshire race where he finished at the same circuit back in July - at the front of the field

Stewart on Pole for 1st Chase Race

The points leader took pole position for tomorrow's Sylvania 300 in the first race in the Chase for the Championship. He dominated the circuit's first NASCAR race of the season leading 231 of the 300 laps.

"Now we've got everybody else in the top 10 scratching their heads wondering what we're doing.' The car was really good in race trim and now we're on the pole.

Jeff Gordon, who failed to make the Chase last weekend at Richmond, will start alongside Stewart.

The next best Chase contender was Matt Kenseth in fourth with Rusty Wallace seventh, Jeremy Mayfield eighth and Jimmie Johnson 10th.

Greg Biffle was the lowest qualifying Chase contender in 26th.

Pos  Driver              Make        Speed
 1.  Tony Stewart        Chevrolet   131.143   Chase
 2.  Jeff Gordon         Chevrolet   131.076
 3.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet   130.779
 4.  Matt Kenseth        Ford        130.667   Chase
 5.  Scott Riggs         Chevrolet   130.465
 6.  Elliott Sadler      Ford        130.305
 7.  Rusty Wallace       Dodge       130.229   Chase
 8.  Jeremy Mayfield     Dodge       130.060   Chase
 9.  Kevin Harvick       Chevrolet   129.851
10.  Jimmie Johnson      Chevrolet   129.820   Chase
11.  Joe Nemechek        Chevrolet   129.798
12.  Kurt Busch          Ford        129.727   Chase
13.  Ryan Newman         Dodge       129.657   Chase
14.  Jeff Burton         Chevrolet   129.454
15.  Mark Martin         Ford        129.441   Chase
16.  Dave Blaney         Chevrolet   129.415
17.  Bobby Labonte       Chevrolet   129.397
18.  Jeff Green          Dodge       129.397
19.  Robby Gordon        Chevrolet   129.366
20.  Jamie McMurray      Dodge       129.300
21.  Kasey Kahne         Dodge       129.221
22.  Mike Bliss          Chevrolet   129.129
23.  Casey Mears         Dodge       129.081
24.  Carl Edwards        Ford        129.003   Chase
25.  Mike Wallace        Chevrolet   128.989
26.  Greg Biffle         Ford        128.963   Chase
27.  Travis Kvapil       Dodge       128.959
28.  Ricky Rudd          Ford        128.710
29.  J.J. Yeley          Chevrolet   128.454
30.  Kyle Busch*         Chevrolet   128.446
31.  Brian Vickers       Chevrolet   128.230
32.  Bobby Hamilton Jr.  Chevrolet   127.975
33.  Dale Jarrett        Ford        127.928
34.  Stuart Kirby        Chevrolet   127.696
35.  Wayne Anderson      Dodge       127.564
36.  Michael Waltrip     Chevrolet   127.453
37.  Sterling Marlin     Dodge       127.372
38.  Ted Christopher     Chevrolet   127.248
39.  Joey McCarthy       Chevrolet   126.909
40.  Ken Schrader        Dodge       126.749
41.  Scott Wimmer        Dodge       126.500
42.  Mark Green          Dodge       126.425
43.  Jimmy Spencer       Dodge       126.812
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