Great Scott Riggs On Pole

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CONCORD, N.C. - Last week Scott Riggs won the NEXTEL Open prelude to the All-Star Challenge.

This week Riggs is on the pole for the longest race of the season.

Riggs kept up his recent success at Lowe's Motor Speedway Thursday night by earning his second career Bud Pole and taking the top spot for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Coca-Cola 600.

It was the first superspeedway pole for Riggs, whose last top spot came at Martinsville Speedway.

"We had a good car last weekend and we debated about bringing it back," said Riggs, who turned in a lap of 187.865 mph. "But we knew this car was a little bit better."

It will be an all-Evernham Motorsports front row as Riggs' teammate Jeremy Mayfield qualified second quick in the session.

"It was all we had and obviously we had a fast car," said Mayfield. "We had a good practice, but it was in the heat of the day. I knew some people had been able to pick up a second or close to that."

Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson will start third flanked by rookie J.J. Yeley with Bobby Labonte rounding out the top five.

Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Green completed the first ten qualifiers.

Ten cars failed to make the field, including Michael Waltrip in the No. 55 NAPA Dodge. Waltrip last failed to qualify for a race in 1998 at Phoenix, ending a 261 consecutive Cup start streak.

Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 will take the green flag Sunday at 5:30 p.m. (ET).

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