Burton Takes Brickyard Pole

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INDIANAPOLIS - Jeff Burton might be the surprise driver of 2006.

And the surprises kept coming Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With a fast lap of 182.778 mph in his Richard Childress Racing Cingular Wireless Chevrolet, Burton grabbed the pole for Sunday's Allstate 400 at The Brickyard.

It was Burton's third Budweiser Pole Award of the year and fifth of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Career. The veteran driver comes into Sunday's race third in the NEXTEL Cup Series point standings and ready to break into the win column.

Burton's RCR teammate Clint Bowyer took the outside front row starting position after a lap of 182.771 mph.

Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the Top 5.

J.J. Yeley, Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon and Kevin Harvick completed the first ten qualifiers.

Defending Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Tony Stewart qualified 32nd.

Seven drivers failed to qualify for Sunday's race: Paul Menard, Michael Waltrip, Johnny Sauter, Kevin Lepage, Stephen Leicht, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and Derrike Cope.

Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will take the green flag at 2:50 p.m. (ET).

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