By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
It’s hard to believe, but the last time Tony Stewart won a pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was in 2005. Stewart put that streak to an end Friday after turning a lap of 191.327 mph. This is Stewart’s 11th career pole position, and with it he takes home the custom Beretta rifle that is the customary trophy for pole winners at Texas Motor Speedway. This is of course Stewart’s 400th career Sprint Cup Series start Sunday.
“Smoke” commented on his run in a press conference after capturing the pole.
“It was pretty cool, everyone always worries about conditions here,” Stewart said, “But the conditions didn’t really change too much today which worked out for us.”
Sam Hornish Jr. just keeps getting better every week. Last week at Pheonix he started from third which was his best career start ever at that point, well this week he was one of the two cars who turned a lap over 191 mph. Hornish will roll off second on Sunday.
“The run was pretty good, with the chances of rain tomorrow we spent most of our time in the first session in race trim,” Hornish said, “I held my breath the whole time.”
Greg Biffle was fastest in practice earlier in the day, well he backed it up with a great lap and will start third in the Samsung Mobile 500. Biffle was asked about his lap following the qualifying session.
“It was a really good lap, we wish the track was a little bit cooler,” Biffle said, “I could have arched it a little more in three and four.”
Biffle went on to say, “I’m just glad to be back on track (After last week in Phoenix).”
Jimmie Johnson qualified fifth followed by Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and last week’s winner Ryan Newman rounds out the top-ten starters for Sunday.
46 cars attempted a qualifying run, which means three of them will have to go home early. Those three drivers are: Terry Cook, Johnny Sauter, and David Stremme.