Bright Day For Mears

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JOLIET, Ill. - Casey Mears caught a break when a cloudy sky during his run helped him become the seventh different pole winner for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

On a sunny and warm day, Mears credited a passing cloud as a help to win his third career NEXTEL Cup pole and first with Hendrick Motorsports.

"Whether it's in my head or there's grip on the track, I always go faster when there's a cloud out," Mears said.

Mears ran a lap of 182.556 mph in his National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet to win his first Bud Pole of the season.

It ended a 105 race drought for Mears, who hadn't earned a top spot since Indianapolis in 2004.

Martin Truex, Jr. will start outside the front row after a lap of 182.478 mph in his Bass pro Shops Chevrolet.

"I feel like we'll get one this year," said Truex, still looking for his first career Bud Pole in Cup racing. "We came close today."

Ryan Newman, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, John Andretti and Matt Kenseth completed the first ten qualifiers.

Six drivers failed to qualify for the race: Scott Riggs, Brian Vickers, Dale Jarrett, A.J. Allmendinger, Kevin Lepage and Kenny Wallace.

Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 will take the green flag at 4 p.m. (ET).

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