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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