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SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Qualifying later in the day has its disadvantages at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and No. 55 Andy Petree Chevy driver Bobby Hamilton got caught up in that Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton was 35th out of 50 qualifiers for Sunday's Brickyard 400, and in the heat of the day, he managed only a 32nd-place starting position after a lap of 178.610 mph.

“I pushed real bad coming off of Turn 4,” Hamilton said as he wiped the sweat from his brow. “I was 200 RPMs off when I crossed the start/finish line because I had to let completely off the gas off of 4. I thought it ran really well in the other corners, though.

“We had the bad luck of the draw today because we went out 35th. NASCAR made the call to move up some of the Busch Series drivers in qualifying, which allowed them to get back to IRP and qualify, but it pushed us back a few more spots. It’s a bigger advantage if you go out first here because as the track gets hotter, it slows us down.”

Hamilton drove his own No. 4 Dodge in the Craftsman Truck Series race Friday night, finishing 30th after qualifying 10th.

Tony Stewart thrilled his homestate crowd by winning the pole for the Brickyard 400. Bill Elliott was second, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

The Brickyard 400 is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

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