Sweet Homecoming For Labonte

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FORT WORTH, Tex. - Texan Bobby Labonte thrilled his homestate fans on Friday as he won the pole for Sunday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 193.514 mph in his Interstate Batteries Chervolet.

Labonte will be flanked on the front row by Elliott Sadler, who turned in the second quickest lap of the session at 193.313 mph. Ryan Newman, Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Nadeau rounded out the Top 5.

Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Joe Nemechek and Rusty Wallace completed the first ten qualifiers.

Tony Stewart, who had his primary car impounded by NASCAR after it failed pre-practice tech inspection Firday morning, wound up in 21st position using his backup car.

Ricky Craven, the Darlington winner two weeks ago, backed off because of fluid on the race track after Jeff Green's run and was forced to use a provisional to start 38th in Sunday's race.

Kerry Earnhardt and Texan David Starr, the Craftsman Truck Series regular trying to make his first Winston Cup start, failed to qualify for the race.

Sunday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500 will take the green flag at 1 p.m. (ET).

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