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David Ragan Wins the Pole for 2011 Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – David Ragan was the 44th of 48 cars to take to the track Saturday afternoon (July 30) in qualifying for the Brickyard 400. He laid down a lap of 49.182 seconds for a speed of 182.994 mph. His speed was the fastest among the 48 qualifiers, besting outside polesitter Kasey Kahne by 18 hundredths of a second. Kahne posted a lap of 49.200 seconds which equated to a speed of 182.927 mph.

The second row is made up of Jimmie Johnson, who laid down an impressive lap from his 17th qualifying spot and Kurt Busch. Johnson turned a 49.234-second lap for a speed of 182.801 mph while Busch circled the Speedway in 49.269 seconds at a speed of 182.671 mph. Brad Keselowski and AJ Allmendinger finished off the first three rows for the race.


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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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