Road course ace Boris Said caused the biggest Bud Pole upset of the season on Friday as he claimed pole position for Saturday's Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.

Driving for the Roush Racing assisted No Fear Racing team, which only made its Nextel Cup debut last weekend at the Infineon Raceway, Said toppled 47 other contenders with a fastest lap of 48.350secs around the 2.5-mile Daytona oval to take his second career Cup Series pole and his first on anything other than a road course.

Said's #60 Ford will be joined on the front row of the grid by defending Pepsi 400 winner Tony Stewart with rookie David Stremme third.

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Hendrick Motorsports Jeff Gordon will start alongside Stremme in fourth place with Joe Nemechek fifth, rookie Denny Hamlin sixth and Dale Jarrett seventh despite racing with a broken hand.

Martin Truex Jr made it three rookies in the front four rows with eighth fastest time, just edging out Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, another rookie in JJ Yeley and Gregg Biffle.

Other favoured contenders starting further back than they would have liked include Ryan Newman in 23rd, Carl Edwards in 29th, Kevin Harvick in 32nd, Dale Earnhardt Jr in 35th and Kasey Kahne in 38th.

There was quite a mixed feel to the grid with seventh of the eight 'non-top 35' teams qualifying inside the top 27 places, led by Said and Stremme. Travis Kvapil put the #32 PPI Motorsport Chevrolet 15th on the grid with Mike Wallace 18th in James Finch's Phoenix Racing #09 Ford.

Michael Waltrip will start 19th with Hermie Sadler 22nd and Daytona 500 hero Kirk Shelmerdine 27th. Chad Chaffin was the final 'on time' qualifier and will start 43rd even though his actual qualifying time was good enough for 32nd place on the grid.

Scott Wimmer, Kevin Lepage, Kenny Wallace, Chad Blount and Kertus Davis all failed to qualify even though Wimmer's time was 37th fastest overall.