Stewarts Team Near The Front

Tony Stewart is used to qualifying near the front of the field in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, and his foray into sports-car racing is no different.

Stewart’s teammate, Jan Lammers, qualified the team’s Crawford-Judd third for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Didier Theys won the pole in a Dallara-Judd with a speed of 125.576 mph, edging Warner Lupberger, who turned in a lap of 125.454 mph. Lammers went 125.061 mph around Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course.

Starting fourth is a team that includes Cup driver Robby Gordon, who will share a Riley & Scott-Elan with Guy Smith, Jim Matthews and Indy Racing Northern Lights Series driver Scott Sharp.

Stewart and Gordon are two of a handful of Winston Cup drivers who will compete in this weekend’s Rolex 24, which starts at 1 p.m. (ET) Saturday. Stewart will team with Lammers and Johnny Mowlem in the 24-hour race.

The Top 35 teams made the field for Saturday’s race, with more qualifying scheduled for Friday morning. Six classes of cars will compete: SportsRacing Prototype, GTS, GT, SportsRacing Prototype II, American GT and Daytona GT.

Other drivers with Winston Cup connections who qualified Friday are NBC analyst Wally Dallenbach Jr., who will start ninth in a Riley & Scott-Judd with Jack Baldwin, George Robinson and Mark Simo; and Kevin Harvick, who will start 22nd in a Corvette with Rick Carelli, Dave Liniger and John Metcalf.

The Winston Cup drivers who failed to qualify Thursday were Kyle Petty, who shares a Porsche GT3 R with Peter Baron, Leo Hindery and Mike Borkowski; and Derrike Cope, who will team with Cort Wagner, Constantino Bertuzzi and Bill Auberlen in a Ferrari 360GT.

IRL driver Anthony Lazzaro qualified a Lola-Nissan in 17th, the fastest of the SportsRacing Prototype II class.

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