Joe Nemechek lived up to his Talladega 'front row Joe' nickname by earning his first pole position of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season, but his third at the awesome superspeedway. His #01 US Army Chevrolet will start at the front of the grid for the EA Sports 500 while more surprising is the other front row occupant, Ricky Rudd, in the #21 Motorcraft/Rent-A-Center Ford.

The second row belongs to veteran Dale Jarrett and rookie Scott Riggs, while championship leader Jeff Gordon starts on the inside of the third row, nearest rival Kurt Busch five spots further back. The EA Sports 500 takes the green flag at around 1.30pm Eastern Time on Sunday, that's 6.30pm in the UK. Check back to for a full report.

Qualifying times, EA Sports 500, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series round 29 of 36.

1. Joe Nemechek #01 US Army Chevrolet MB2 Motorsports 190.749mph
2. Ricky Rudd #21 Motorcraft/Rent-A-Center FordWood Brothers Racing 190.609mph
3. Dale Jarrett #88 UPS Ford Robert Yates Racing 190.374mph
4. Scott Riggs * #10 Zerex/Valvoline Chevrolet MBV Motorsports 190.310mph
5. Jeff Gordon #24 Dupont Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 189.763mph
6. Elliott Sadler #38 M&M's Ford Robert Yates Racing 189.752mph
7. Matt Kenseth #17 Smirnoff Ice/DeWalt Ford Roush Racing 189.710mph
8. Kurt Busch #97 Sharpie/IRWIN FordRoush Racing 189.676mph
9. Jeremy Mayfield #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 189.526mph
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 189.481mph
11. Hermie Sadler #02 East Tennessee Trailers ChevroletAngela Sadler 189.477mph
12. Greg Biffle #16 National Guard FordRoush Racing 189.466mph
13. Jeff Burton # 30 America Online Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 189.391mph
14. Michael Waltrip #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 189.354mph
15. Kevin Harvick #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 189.260mph
16. Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 189.133mph
17. Mark Martin # 6 Viagra Ford Roush Racing 189.114mph
18. Jeff Green #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Petty Enterprises 189.081mph
19. Ryan Newman #12 ALLTEL Dodge Penske Racing 189.017mph
20. Ricky Craven #11 Old Spice Racing Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 188.980mph
21. Brian Vickers * #25 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 188.965mph
22. Kerry Earnhardt # 133 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 188.954mph
23. Kasey Kahne *#9 Dodge Dealers/UAW DodgeEvernham Motorsports 188.887mph
24. Jamie McMurray #42 Texaco Havoline Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 188.842mph
25. Dave Blaney #99 Roush Racing Ford Roush Racing 188.786mph
26. Brendan Gaughan * #77 Kodak/Jasper Engines DodgePenske/Jasper Racing 188.768mph
27. Bobby Labonte #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 188.508mph
28. Ward Burton # 0 Netzero HiSpeed ChevroletHaas CNC Racing 188.489mph
29. Scott Wimmer * #22 Caterpillar Dodge Bill Davis Racing 188.452mph
30. Tony Stewart #20 Home Depot Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 188.408mph
31. Sterling Marlin #40 Coors Light/Rascal Flatts Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 188.074mph
32. Rusty Wallace #2 Miller Lite Dodge Penske Racing 188.030mph
33. Kyle Petty #45 Georgia Pacific/Brawny DodgePetty Enterprises 187.890mph
34. Casey Mears #41 Target/Breast Cancer Awareness DodgeChip Ganassi Racing 187.953mph
35. Robby Gordon #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 187.886mph
36. Ken Schrader #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge BAM Racing 187.849mph
37. Terry Labonte #5 Kellogg's ChevroletHendrick Motorsports 187.691mph
38. Kevin Lepage #137 Carter's Royal Dispos-all Dodge John Carter 186.499mph
39. Kenny Wallace #100 Aaron's ChevroletMike Waltrip Racing 187.629mph
40. Jimmy Spencer #4 Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Racing 187.471mph
41. Mike Wallace #09 Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts Dodge Phoenix Racing 187.350mph
42. Chad Blount #06 Mobil1 Dodge Don Miller 185.352mph
43. Kirk Shelmerdine #172 Vote for Bush Ford Kirk Shelmerdine 185.644mph
44. Bobby Hamilton Jr #32 Tide ChevroletPPI Motorsports 185.427mph
45. Larry Gunselman #198 Mach One Inc Ford William Edwards 181.598mph
46. Carl Long #280 Commercial Truck & Trailer FordStanton Hover 179.571mph

* Rookie of the Year contender.


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