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Samsung Mobile 500 - Qualifying and practice times

David Ragan took a career-first Sprint Cup pole position at Texas Motor Speedway for this Saturday's Samsung Mobile 500 night race, by just edging out his Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards.
After 152 series starts to date, David Ragan took his first ever Sprint Cup pole position for this weekend's night race with a lap of 28.448s. Ragan - who was the last of the guaranteed drivers to take to the track to put in a qualifying lap - pushed his Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards off what had appeared up to then to be an increasingly safe provisional pole.

"I don't know how we pulled that off but it was really fast. I have to give credit to our UPS team and [pit crew chief] Drew Blickensderfer, who made a gutsy call," said Ragan after clinching the pole position. "We made our last qualifying run in practice and we decided to change the car up a little bit. It stuck and did what it needed to do."

"We were so close," said Edwards. "That is cool for David though. If we had to be second to anyone in qualifying David would be the guy. Those guys have been working really hard."

Reigning champion Jimmie Johnson will start from a strong sixth place, while current points leader Kyle Busch will line up just outside the top ten in 11th position, one row back from his brother Kurt. But it was a disappointing qualifying for the winner of the last two races, Kevin Harvick, who has given himself a lot of work to do with a 29th place start - just behind the man he nipped to victory at Martinsville last week, fan favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr.

With 44 cars bidding to take the green flag, Travis Kvapil was the only driver to fail to qualify, with Ken Schrader and Tony Raines squeaking onto the grid courtesy of owner points.

With qualifying over and his first pole position scalp now in the bag, Ragan is looking forward to the race - and thinks that Texas suits him and that he's in with a shot: "I really like this place, it is a fun place to come and it is cool to get a pole here. Hopefully we can turn that into a good run tomorrow."

In the Nationwide Series qualifying, Carl Edwards claimed pole ahead of Brad Keselowski, while Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne line up in fifth to ninth positions.

The race starts on Saturday evening at 7pm Eastern Time (midnight UK time) and will be held under floodlights, which introduces a lot of uncertainty for the drivers.

"That is going to be the toughest thing," agreed Clint Bowyer, who qualified in third place and who will line up alongside Matt Kenseth for the start. "There are a lot of unknowns tonight going into your lap, but now, going into the race tomorrow, we practised in the heat of the day pretty much both days. Little bit nervous to see what is going to happen tomorrow night."

Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile oval, with 24 degrees of banking in the turns. The front straightaway is 2,250 feet long and the back straightaway is 1,330 feet long, both with 5 degrees of banking.

Qualifying times

1. #6 David Ragan Ford 28.448s (Leader) 189.820mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.644s (-0.196) 188.521mph
3. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 28.688s (-0.240) 188.232mph
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.693s (-0.245) 188.199mph
5. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.731s (-0.283) 187.950mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.760s (-0.312) 187.761mph
7. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.776s (-0.328) 187.656mph
8. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.787s (-0.339) 187.585mph
9. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.792s (-0.344) 187.552mph
10. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 28.815s (-0.367) 187.402mph
11. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.820s (-0.372) 187.370mph
12. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.823s (-0.375) 187.350mph
13. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 28.841s (-0.393) 187.234mph
14. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.850s (-0.402) 187.175mph
15. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 28.850s (-0.402) 187.175mph
16. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.870s (-0.422) 187.045mph
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.870s (-0.422) 187.045mph
18. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.874s (-0.426) 187.020mph
19. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.893s (-0.445) 186.896mph
20. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 28.902s (-0.454) 186.838mph
21. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.905s (-0.457) 186.819mph
22. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 28.933s (-0.485) 186.638mph
23. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.949s (-0.501) 186.535mph
24. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 28.956s (-0.508) 186.490mph
25. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 28.969s (-0.521) 186.406mph
26. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.976s (-0.528) 186.361mph
27. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.041s (-0.593) 185.944mph
28. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.042s (-0.594) 185.938mph
29. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.045s (-0.597) 185.918mph
30. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.052s (-0.604) 185.874mph
31. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.068s (-0.620) 185.771mph
32. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.098s (-0.650) 185.580mph
33. #195 David Starr Ford 29.098s (-0.650) 185.580mph
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.108s (-0.660) 185.516mph
35. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.143s (-0.695) 185.293mph
36. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 29.170s (-0.722) 185.122mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.198s (-0.750) 184.944mph
38. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.325s (-0.877) 184.143mph
39. #71 Andy Lally Ford 29.383s (-0.935) 183.780mph
40. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 29.409s (-0.961) 183.617mph
41. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 29.446s (-0.998) 183.387mph
42. #34 David Gilliland Ford 29.462s (-1.014) 183.287mph
43. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 29.772s (-1.324) 181.378mph
44. #37 Tony Raines Ford 30.147s (-1.699) 179.122mph

Practice 1

1. #6 David Ragan Ford 29.061s (Leader) 185.816 mph
2. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.079s (-0.018) 185.701 mph
3. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.145s (-0.084) 185.281 mph
4. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.153s (-0.092) 185.230 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.169s (-0.108) 185.128 mph
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.221s (-0.160) 184.799 mph
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.246s (-0.185) 184.641 mph
8. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.250s (-0.189) 184.615 mph
9. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 29.275s (-0.214) 184.458 mph
10. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.277s (-0.216) 184.445 mph
11. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.281s (-0.220) 184.420 mph
12. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 29.283s (-0.222) 184.407 mph
13. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.290s (-0.229) 184.363 mph
14. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 29.318s (-0.257) 184.187 mph
15. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.327s (-0.266) 184.131 mph
16. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.330s (-0.269) 184.112 mph
17. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 29.335s (-0.274) 184.080 mph
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.337s (-0.276) 184.068 mph
19. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.359s (-0.298) 183.930 mph
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.362s (-0.301) 183.911 mph
21. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.364s (-0.303) 183.899 mph
22. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.395s (-0.334) 183.705 mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.411s (-0.350) 183.605 mph
24. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.417s (-0.356) 183.567 mph
25. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.431s (-0.370) 183.480 mph
26. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.488s (-0.427) 183.125 mph
27. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.518s (-0.457) 182.939 mph
28. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.585s (-0.524) 182.525 mph
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.668s (-0.607) 182.014 mph
30. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 29.673s (-0.612) 181.984 mph
31. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 29.783s (-0.722) 181.311 mph
32. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.827s (-0.766) 181.044 mph
33. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 29.854s (-0.793) 180.880 mph
34. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.931s (-0.870) 180.415 mph
35. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.947s (-0.886) 180.319 mph
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.967s (-0.906) 180.198 mph
37. #34 David Gilliland Ford 29.982s (-0.921) 180.108 mph
38. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 30.011s (-0.950) 179.934 mph
39. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 30.030s (-0.969) 179.820 mph
40. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.204s (-1.143) 178.784 mph
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 30.319s (-1.258) 178.106 mph
42. #71 Andy Lally Ford 30.390s (-1.329) 177.690 mph
43. #195 David Starr Ford 30.401s (-1.340) 177.626 mph
44. #37 Tony Raines Ford 31.037s (-1.976) 173.986 mph

Practice 2

1. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 29.364s (Leader) 183.899 mph
2. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.365s (-0.001) 183.892 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.387s (-0.023) 183.755 mph
4. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 29.397s (-0.033) 183.692 mph
5. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.409s (-0.045) 183.617 mph
6. #6 David Ragan Ford 29.417s (-0.053) 183.567 mph
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.438s (-0.074) 183.436 mph
8. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.451s (-0.087) 183.355 mph
9. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.501s (-0.137) 183.045 mph
10. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 29.508s (-0.144) 183.001 mph
11. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 29.519s (-0.155) 182.933 mph
12. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.546s (-0.182) 182.766 mph
13. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.556s (-0.192) 182.704 mph
14. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.571s (-0.207) 182.611 mph
15. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.630s (-0.266) 182.248 mph
16. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.648s (-0.284) 182.137 mph
17. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.681s (-0.317) 181.935 mph
18. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.689s (-0.325) 181.885 mph
19. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.715s (-0.351) 181.726 mph
20. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 29.725s (-0.361) 181.665 mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.734s (-0.370) 181.610 mph
22. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.743s (-0.379) 181.555 mph
23. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.745s (-0.381) 181.543 mph
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.766s (-0.402) 181.415 mph
25. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.788s (-0.424) 181.281 mph
26. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.815s (-0.451) 181.117 mph
27. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.839s (-0.475) 180.971 mph
28. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 29.841s (-0.477) 180.959 mph
29. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 29.876s (-0.512) 180.747 mph
30. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.900s (-0.536) 180.602 mph
31. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.907s (-0.543) 180.560 mph
32. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.921s (-0.557) 180.475 mph
33. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.952s (-0.588) 180.288 mph
34. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 29.961s (-0.597) 180.234 mph
35. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.970s (-0.606) 180.180 mph
36. #195 David Starr Ford 29.982s (-0.618) 180.108 mph
37. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.021s (-0.657) 179.874 mph
38. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 30.069s (-0.705) 179.587 mph
39. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 30.091s (-0.727) 179.456 mph
40. #34 David Gilliland Ford 30.149s (-0.785) 179.110 mph
41. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.151s (-0.787) 179.098 mph
42. #71 Andy Lally Ford 30.202s (-0.838) 178.796 mph
43. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 30.241s (-0.877) 178.566 mph
44. #37 Tony Raines Ford 30.826s (-1.462) 175.177 mph



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