Casey Mears drove the #41 Target Chip Ganassi Dodge to a second NASCAR Nextel Cup pole position in two races at Indianapolis, and will be hoping to turn it into his first win in Sunday's Brickyard 400. He follows the example of his uncle Rick Mears who won six poles and four races in the Indianapolis 500.

Ward Burton's Netzero Chevrolet and the M&M's Ford of Elliott Sadler will start second and third while leading championship contenders Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon start ninth and 11th. Dale Earnhardt Jr set fifth position and is confident of completing the race on Sunday, burns suffered in a sports car race last month having healed enough for Earnhardt not to require the assistance of a reserve driver.

Qualifying times, Brickyard 400, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana, round 21 of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

1. Casey Mears #41 Target DodgeChip Ganassi Racing 186.293mph
2. Ward Burton # 0 Netzero HiSpeed ChevroletHaas CNC Racing 185.391mph
3. Elliott Sadler #38 M&M's Ford Robert Yates Racing 185.162mph
4. Joe Nemechek #01 US Army Chevrolet MB2 Motorsports 184.976mph
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 184.968mph
6. Brian Vickers * #25 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 184.665mph
7. Ryan Newman #12 ALLTEL Dodge Penske Racing 184.332mph
8. Jamie McMurray #42 Texaco Havoline Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 184.222mph
9. Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 184.090mph
10. Sterling Marlin #40 Coors Light Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 183.959mph
11. Jeff Gordon #24 Dupont Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 183.910mph
12. Kasey Kahne *#9 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 183.842mph
13. Jeremy Mayfield #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 183.576mph
14. Jeff Green #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Petty Enterprises 183.557mph
15. Kurt Busch #97 Sharpie/IRWIN Tools FordRoush Racing 183.512mph
16. Mark Martin # 6 Viagra Ford Roush Racing 183.449mph
17. Dale Jarrett #88 UPS Ford Robert Yates Racing 183.169mph
18. Bill Elliott #91 Evernham Motorsports DodgeEvernham Motorsports 183.094mph
19. Jeff Burton #99 Roush Racing Ford Roush Racing 183.027mph
20. Robby Gordon #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 182.960mph
21. Terry Labonte #5 Kellogg's ChevroletHendrick Motorsports 182.916mph
22. Kenny Wallace #100 Aaron's Chevrolet Elizabeth Waltrip 182.756mph
23. Matt Kenseth #17 DeWalt Ford Roush Racing 182.537mph
24. Tony Stewart #20 Home Depot Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 182.057mph
25. Jason Leffler #160 Haas Automation Chevrolet Haas Racing 181.980mph
26. Kyle Petty #45 Georgia Pacific/Brawny DodgePetty Enterprises 181.822mph
27. Scott Riggs * #10 Valvoline Chevrolet MBV Motorsports 181.800mph
28. Michael Waltrip #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 181.767mph
29. Rusty Wallace #2 Miller Lite Dodge Penske Racing 181.712mph
30. Brendan Gaughan * #77 Kodak/Jasper Engines DodgePenske/Jasper Racing 181.561mph
31. Ken Schrader #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge BAM Racing 181.463mph
32. Kevin Harvick #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 181.408mph
33. Jimmy Spencer #4 Featherlite Inc Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Racing 181.386mph
34. Scott Wimmer * #22 Caterpillar Dodge Bill Davis Racing 181.320mph
35. Greg Biffle #16 National Guard FordRoush Racing 181.243mph
36. Tony Raines #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge Bill Davis Racing 181.221mph
37. Ricky Craven #32 Tide ChevroletPPI Motorsports 181.210mph
38. Dave Blaney # 30 America Online Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 180.941mph
39. Bobby Labonte #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing no time (provisional)
40. Ricky Rudd #21 Motorcraft/US Air Force FordWood Brothers Racing 180.934mph (provisional)
41. Todd Bodine #50 Arnold Development Companies Dodge Arnold Developments Racing 178.207mph (provisional)
42. Scott Pruett #09 Phoenix Racing Dodge Phoenix Racing 168.171mph (provisional)
43. Derrike Cope #198 Lucas Oil Products Ford William Edwards 177.637mph (provisional)
Did not qualify
44. Kevin Lepage #251 Marathon Oil ChevroletJoe Auer 178.987mph45. Hermie Sadler #02 SCORE Motorsports Chevrolet SCORE Motorsports 177.162mph
46. Morgan Shepherd #89 Racing With Jesus/Red line Oil Dodge Cindy Shepherd 177.148mph
47. Greg Sacks #113 ARC Dehooker/Vita Coco DodgeJames Wilsberg 176.346mph
48. Andy Hillenberg #137 Carter's Royal Dispos-all Dodge John Carter 176.322mph
49. Geoffrey Bodine #234 City of El Paso DodgeGary Trout 173.030mph
50. Kirk Shelmerdine #172 Freddie B'sFord Kirk Shelmerdine 168.970mph

* Rookie of the Year contender.