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2014 Texas: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 05, 2014 - 09:45 PM
2014 Texas: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Recap

Tony Stewart put Chevrolet SS on the pole for Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). He circled the 1.5-mile track with a fast lap of 27.628 seconds, 195.454 mph. It marked Stewart’s first pole since Atlanta 2012, his second at Texas Motor Speedway, and 15th career pole in the sport.

The afternoon session at TMS followed the new 2014 knockout qualifying format for intermediate sized tracks, which consisted of one 25-minute session, one 10-minute session, and a final five-minute session for the fastest 12 cars. Five Chevrolet SS drivers earned spots in the top 12 starting positions for the 501-mile race.

Kevin Harvick qualified third in his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, putting two Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SSs in the top three. In the first round of qualifying, Harvick set a new track record of 198.282 mph.

Ryan Newman will start eighth his No. 31 Caterpillar Chevy SS.

Kurt Busch, last week’s race winner at Martinsville, qualified his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS in the 11th spot and adding a third member of the Stewart-Haas Racing team in the top 11 qualifying positions. Jeff Gordon was 12th fastest in his No. 24 Axalta/Texas A&M Engineering School Chevrolet SS.

Brad Keselowski (Ford) qualified 2nd, Greg Biffle (Ford) qualified 4th, and Carl Edwards (Ford) qualified 5th to round out the top five starting spots.

Sunday’s race will air on FOX beginning at 3:00 pm ET. The green flag will wave at 3:16 pm ET. The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be 334 laps making up 501 miles.


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