Sadler On Pole Roll

CONCORD, N.C. - Elliott Sadler took his second pole in the last three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races during qualifying on Thursday night for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Sadler drove his Robert Yates Racing M&M's Ford to his sixth career NEXTEL Cup Series pole with a new track record lap of 193.216 mph on LMS' levigated racing surface, breaking Ryan Newman's spring mark of 192.988 mph.

"This is such a fast track that Humpy (Wheeler) and these guys have created," said Sadler. "It was pretty cool to lay down a fast lap like that here tonight. It was very nervewracking, but very fun altogether."

Thursday night's performance continued Sadler's recent string of qualifying success. After winning the pole at Talladega two weeks ago, Sadler qualified on the outside row at Kansas last week. He'll start Saturday night's race next to Ryan Newman, who put his Alltel Dodge in the number two spot with a lap of 193.126 mph.

"I'm disappointed because I know our car was faster than that," said Newman. "I'm placing some blame on myself for not getting two good laps."

Johnson qualified third but because he blew an engine in practice, he'll have to start Saturday night's race from the rear of the field.

"It was a solid lap," Johnson said. "It's still a great effort for the Lowe's team. Unfortunately we have to go to the back because we blew an engine in practice. It's alright and we'll just get going on Saturday."

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte rounded out the top five.

Roush Racing teammates Mark Martin, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards took the next three spots with Casey Mears and Jeff Gordon completing the first ten qualifiers.

David Reutimann qualified for his first Cup race after he posted a lap of 189.873 mph in Michael Waltrip's No. 00 Chevrolet.

David Stremme, who will drive full-time in the Cup Series next season, will make his third series start from the 34th position.

Boris Said was one of six drivers that failed to qualify for the 334-lap race.

Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500 will take the green flag at 7:20 p.m. (ET).

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