Burton Steals Michigan Pole
August 18, 2006 | 3:45 P.M. EST
Sadler looked like he'd have the top spot for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway in his first start for Evernham Motorsports.
That was until Burton ran a fast lap of 187.936 mph to snatch it away and claim his fourth Bud Pole of the season.
"It's a team effort, that's for sure," Burton said. "That was a great car and it feels really good to be able to get in a lap like that."
Burton continued his amazing season and added to his pole-winning performances at Daytona, Chicagoland and Indianapolis.
"He's the oranger, slimmer version of Ryan Newman," joked Matt Kenseth, who will start third in Sunday's race.
Sadler has been fast since arriving at MIS, running in the lead pack during practice before going out and nearly winning the pole in his first try behind the wheel of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Charger.
"Those guys have been helpful of getting me fitted in here," Sadler said of his new team. "We tested this week and everything went good," Sadler said. "I'm ready to start a new chapter in my life."
"That's as nervous as I've been since my rookie year at the Daytona 500 because of having to get the car in on time and wanting to go fast but knowing where that line is as far as making a good, solid lap to get in," Sadler said.
Newman and Kevin Harvick rounded out the Top 5.
Greg Biffle, Casey Mears, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Sterling completed the first ten qualifiers.
Rookie David Gilliland, who replaced Sadler in the Robert Yates Racing M&M's Ford, qualified 26th.
Defending series champion Tony Stewart will start 33rd.
Four cars failed to qualify for Sunday's race: Scott Wimmer, Mike Skinner, Chad Chaffin and Kenny Wallace.
Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 will start at 2:30 p.m. (ET).