Speedy Delivery For Reutimann
November 14, 2008 | 2:48 P.M. EST
With a lucky charm in his pocket, Reutimann toured the 1.5-mile track in his No. 44 UPS Toyota with a lap of 171.636 mph to claim the top spot.
"Before I went out a friend of ours that used to take pictures of my dad's coupe all the time gave me a business card with a picture of my dad's coupe on it so I put it in my pocket," Reutimann said. "Maybe I should start carrying that more often with me. Either that or my old man was driving the car."
The pole also gave Reutimann the distinction of being the 23rd driver to win poles in all three of NASCAR's top divisions.
Scott Speed, in the Team Red Bull Toyota usually driven by Brian Vickers, will start outside the front row. Vickers, who took the team's No. 84 Camry seat this weekend, qualified 20th.
Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
Edwards, who trails Jimmie Johnson by 141 points in the standings, will start 26 spots ahead of the championship leader.
"Just the fact that we are starting in front of Jimmie, that's a small victory for us," Edwards said. "The better chance we can have, the better pit stall selection we can have, the more traffic he's in, all of those things add up to a better chance for us to make this Cinderella story happen and come from nowhere and win this."
David Ragan, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Reed Sorenson and Martin Truex Jr. completed the first ten qualifiers.
Johnson, who needs to finish 36th or better in Sunday's race to clinch his third straight series championship, turned the 30th-best time of the session.
"I had some trouble coming to the green," Johnson said. "And lost some time trying to take the green flag and get going from there. So it’s probably not the qualifying effort that we wanted, but we had a great practice and have a great car and we’ll be just fine."
Two practice sessions are on tap Saturday with Sunday's Ford 400 slated for a 3:30 p.m. (ET) start.