Vickers Fastest In Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. - Brian Vickers captured his second career Bud Pole on Friday after he turned a fast lap of 187.417 mph in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway.

"The car was awesome," said Vickers. "The guys did a good job with it. It stuck and the engine pulled down the straightaways and the body kept us stuck in the corners. What else can you say?"

Vickers, who will make his eighth top-five start of the season, will be joined by 2000 race winner Jeremy Mayfield on the front-row.

Bill Elliott, who is making his fifth Nextel Cup start of the season, clocked the third best time driving the No. 98 McDonald's Dodge, which is the same paint scheme he will run again at Atlanta in October.

Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top-five.

Casey Mears, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and the MBV/MB2 teammates of Scott Riggs and Joe Nemechek completed the first ten qualifiers.

The 250-lap race will air live on NBC Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. (ET) and also on MRN Radio at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

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