Waltrip Takes Pocono Pole

Michael Waltrip topped the timesheets to take pole position at Pocono

Waltrip Takes Pocono Pole

It was the first time he has taken pole in a Nextel Cup race since Michigan in 1991, almost 450 races ago, and the third in his career. 2004 Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch was second fastest, ahead of Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray and Scott Riggs.

Waltrip's Chevrolet was fast, but some other Chevrolet drivers favoured to do well were not. Jimmie Johnson was 21st fastest as he attempts to score his third successive win at the track.

Johnson's teammate Jeff Gordon will start 31st after scraping the wall, while pole sitter Waltrip's teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr is even further down the order in 34th.

In other NASCAR news, Busch qualifying was cancelled due to rain.

Qualifying for the Pocono 500 - Pocono Raceway:

Pos  Driver               Make       Speed
 1.  Michael Waltrip      Chevrolet  169.052
 2.  Kurt Busch           Ford       168.678
 3.  Brian Vickers        Chevrolet  168.334
 4.  Jamie McMurray       Dodge      167.842
 5.  Scott Riggs          Chevrolet  167.563
 6.  Jeremy Mayfield      Dodge      167.060
 7.  Bobby Labonte        Chevrolet  167.035
 8.  Kevin Harvick        Chevrolet  166.988
 9.  Mike Bliss           Chevrolet  166.960
10.  Matt Kenseth         Ford       166.837
11.  Scott Wimmer         Dodge      166.784
12.  Rusty Wallace        Dodge      166.722
13.  Mark Martin          Ford       166.688
14.  Sterling Marlin      Dodge      166.549
15.  Kasey Kahne          Dodge      166.516
16.  Dale Jarrett         Ford       166.365
17.  Ryan Newman          Dodge      166.340
18.  Joe Nemechek         Chevrolet  166.227
19.  Ken Schrader         Dodge      166.180
20.  Casey Mears          Dodge      166.003
21.  Jimmie Johnson       Chevrolet  165.902
22.  Jeff Burton          Chevrolet  165.893
23.  Greg Biffle          Ford       165.853
24.  Bobby Hamilton Jr    Chevrolet  165.853
25.  Elliott Sadler       Ford       165.758
26.  Tony Stewart         Chevrolet  165.721
27.  Robby Gordon         Chevrolet  165.685
28.  Terry Labonte        Chevrolet  165.615
29.  Carl Edwards         Ford       165.551
30.  Jason Leffler        Chevrolet  165.456
31.  Jeff Gordon          Chevrolet  165.356
32.  Ricky Rudd           Ford       165.122
33.  Travis Kvapil        Dodge      165.004
34.  Dale Earnhardt Jr    Chevrolet  164.871
35.  Jeff Green           Dodge      164.633
36.  Mike Garvey          Ford       164.606
37.  Dave Blaney          Chevrolet  164.528
38.  Kyle Busch           Chevrolet  164.519
39.  Kevin Lepage         Dodge      163.863
40.  Kyle Petty           Dodge      163.812
41.  Greg Sacks           Dodge      163.413
42.  Mike Wallace         Chevrolet  162.180
43.  Morgan Shepherd      Dodge      162.967
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