Regan captures the Samsung Mobile 500 pole

[media-credit name=”Steven Iles” align=”alignright” width=”225″][/media-credit]David Regan captured his first Sprint Cup Series pole on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap of 189.820 MPH (28.448 secs).

“Momentum is a very powerful thing and we have some momentum on our side. Our UPS Freight car not only looks good but it’s fast this weekend. Drew (Blickensderfer) made a great call to change the setup around a little before this last practice run and it did what it needed to do. Hopefully it can be just as good for 500 miles on Saturday night.” Ragan said.

Despite Roush Fenway having seven victories in 94 starts, this is the first Sprint Cup pole for them.

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Carl Edwards qualified second, Clint Bowyer third, Matt Kenseth Fourth and Regan Smith qualified fifth.

“We were so close. 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.” Edwards said.

The series points leader Kyle Busch starts 11th.

“It’s a far cry from where we were yesterday, but unfortunately it’s not going to be fast enough today to get us where we want to be, but overall we felt like the Interstate Batteries Camry was really good. We posted a good time. But apparently there are going to be guys that are going to go faster than us. Our draw hurt us a little bit. We weren’t fast yesterday, but we got a lot better today. Looking forward to the race. It’s great to be here in Texas in front of the hometown crowd with Interstate Batteries. I’m pumped about that.” Busch said.

The Samsung Mobile 500 starts at 7:30 p.m. EST on FOX

Qualifying Results
Samsung Mobile 500, Texas Motor Speedway
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Pos. Driver Speed
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1 David Ragan 189.82
2 Carl Edwards 188.521
3 Clint Bowyer 188.232
4 Matt Kenseth 188.199
5 Regan Smith 187.95
6 Jimmie Johnson 187.761
7 Marcos Ambrose 187.656
8 Joey Logano 187.585
9 Greg Biffle 187.552
10 Kurt Busch 187.402
11 Kyle Busch 187.37
12 Jeff Burton 187.35
13 Kasey Kahne 187.234
14 Juan Montoya 187.175
15 A.J. Allmendinger 187.175
16 Ryan Newman 187.045
17 Jamie McMurray 187.045
18 Trevor Bayne 187.02
19 Paul Menard 186.896
20 Michael McDowell 186.838
21 Mark Martin 186.819
22 Casey Mears 186.638
23 Denny Hamlin 186.535
24 Landon Cassill 186.49
25 David Reutimann 186.406
26 Tony Stewart 186.361
27 Brad Keselowski 185.944
28 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 185.938
29 Kevin Harvick 185.918
30 Brian Vickers 185.874
31 Martin Truex Jr. 185.771
32 Jeff Gordon 185.58
33 David Starr 185.58
34 Bobby Labonte 185.516
35 J.J. Yeley 185.293
36 Mike Skinner 185.122
37 Joe Nemechek 184.944
38 Dave Blaney 184.143
39 Robby Gordon 183.617
40 David Gilliland 183.287
41 Ken Schrader+ 181.378
42 Tony Raines+ 179.122
43 Andy Lally* 183.78

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