Vickers Scores First Pole

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RICHMOND, Va. - Brian Vickers scored his first career Nextel Cup pole after he turned a track-record lap of 129.983 mph in qualifying for Saturday night's Chevy American Revolution 400 at the newly repaved Richmond Int'l Raceway.

"The GMAC Chevy crew did an awesome job," said Vickers. "It was a good run for us and it feels good to get that first pole."

Vickers was one of 29 drivers to break the track-record (127.389 mph) that was set by Ward Burton back in 2002.

Vickers first pole came in his 16th career start and becomes the first Raybestos Rookie to win a pole at Richmond since Jimmie Johnson in September 2002. Prior to Friday, Vickers best start on a short track this season was 22nd at Bristol.

Ryan Newman, who went out first in the session, was second fastest in the ALLTEL Dodge with a lap of 129.970 mph.

"Going out first certainly was not an advantage," Newman said following his two-lap run. "The track really lost its grip and that definitely hurt our time. We've got a great car and I think that will show tomorrow night."

Jeff Green matched his best quaifying effort of the season and will start third in the Cheerios Dodge. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top-five.

Kasey Kahne and Ricky Craven were forced to pull out their backup cars after hitting the wall during their qualifying laps.

Saturday's Chevy American Revolution 400 will start at 7:30 p.m. (ET) with live television coverage by FX.

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