Brian Vickers outshone his more high profile Hendrick Motorsport team-mates to qualify his CMAC Financial Chevrolet on pole position for Sunday's Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway. Championship leader Jeff Gordon could only manage eighth, the third Hendrick car of Jimmie Johnson 16th. But looking very strong are the Ray Evernham Dodges. Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne, both making last gasp attempts to earn a place in the final top 10 championship shootout, start second and fifth, while Bill Elliott returns for one of his occasional races with a third start spot.

The race gets underway at around 7pm Eastern Time on Sunday, midnight in the UK. Check back to for a full report and results.

Qualifying times, Pop Secret 500, California Speedway, 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series round 25 of 36.

1. Brian Vickers * #25 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 187.417mph
2. Jeremy Mayfield #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 186.364mph
3. Bill Elliott #91 McDonalds DodgeEvernham Motorsports 186.307mph
4. Kurt Busch #97 Sharpie/IRWIN FordRoush Racing 185.955mph
5. Kasey Kahne *#9 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 185.816mph
6. Casey Mears #41 Target House DodgeChip Ganassi Racing 185.802mph
7. Greg Biffle #16 National Guard FordRoush Racing 185.773mph
8. Jeff Gordon #24 DuPont Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 185.658mph
9. Scott Riggs * #10 Valvoline Chevrolet MBV Motorsports 185.557mph
10. Joe Nemechek #01 US Army Chevrolet MB2 Motorsports 185.553mph
11. Mark Martin # 6 Viagra Ford Roush Racing 185.529mph
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 185.266mph
13. Jeff Green #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Petty Enterprises 185.261mph
14. Ryan Newman #12 ALLTEL/Sony Handycam Dodge Penske Racing 185.180mph
15. Terry Labonte #5 Kellogg's ChevroletHendrick Motorsports 184.810mph
16. Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 184.772mph
17. Elliott Sadler #38 M&M's Ford Robert Yates Racing 184.431mph
18. Kyle Busch #84 CARQUEST Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 184.374mph
19. Carl Edwards #99 Shop Rat Ford Roush Racing 184.360mph
20. Ricky Rudd #21 Motorcraft/US Air Force FordWood Brothers Racing 184.195mph
21. Michael Waltrip #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 184.135mph
22. Brendan Gaughan * #77 Kodak/Jasper Engines Dodge Penske/Jasper Racing 184.106mph
23. Jamie McMurray #42 Texaco Havoline Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 184.091mph
24. Bobby Hamilton Jr #32 Tide ChevroletPPI Motorsports 184.073mph
25. Dale Jarrett #88 UPS Ford Robert Yates Racing 183.932mph
26. Rusty Wallace #2 Miller Lite Dodge Penske Racing 183.899mph
27. Kevin Harvick #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 183.734mph
28. Kyle Petty #45 Georgia Pacific/Brawny DodgePetty Enterprises 183.673mph
29. Shane Hmiel #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge Bill Davis Racing 183.613mph
30. Matt Kenseth #17 DeWalt Ford Roush Racing 183.589mph
31. Sterling Marlin #40 Coors Light Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 183.486mph
32. J J Yeley #11 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 183.243mph
33. Tony Stewart #20 Home Depot Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 183.206mph
34. Jeff Burton # 30 America Online Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 182.987mph
35. Robby Gordon #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 182.788mph
36. Boris Said #136 Centrix Financial Chevrolet MB2 Motorsports 182.778mph
37. Bobby Labonte #18 Wellbutrin XL Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 182.741mph
38. Scott Wimmer * #22 Caterpillar Dodge Bill Davis Racing 182.551mph
39. Ward Burton # 0 Netzero HiSpeed ChevroletHaas CNC Racing 182.131mph (provisional)
40. Ken Schrader #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge BAM Racing 181.369mph (provisional)
41. Jimmy Spencer #4 Morgan-McClure Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Racing 182.209mph (provisional)
42. Jeff Fuller #50 Arnold Development Companies Dodge Arnold Developments 180.991mph (provisional)
43. Derrike Cope #198 Mach One Inc Ford William Edwards no time (provisional)
Did not qualify
44. Morgan Shepherd #89 Racing With Jesus/Red Line Oil Dodge Cindy Shepherd 178.191mph
45. Kirk Shelmerdine #172 Freddie B's Ford Kirk Shelmerdine 176.592mph
46. Hermie Sadler #02 SCORE Motorsports ChevroletAngela Sadler 179.730mph
47. Kevin Lepage #137 Carter's Royal Dispos-all Dodge John Carter 180.591mph
48. Mike Wallace #135 Gary Keller Racing ChevroletGary Keller Racing 179.368mph

* Rookie of the Year contender.


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