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Tony Stewart Wins Pole for 2011 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Tony Stewart went out on the track 36th in qualifying and laid down a lap of 28.131 seconds for a speed of 191.959 mph. Ten drivers hit the track after that to try and better the effort but no one was able to top the lap.

Matt Kenseth went out even earlier than Stewart but laid down an equally impressive lap of 28.137 seconds at a speed of 191.918 mph. The second row will be made up of Carl Edwards, who turned a 28.144-second lap at a speed of 191.870 mph, and AJ Allmendinger, whose lap was 28.150 seconds at a speed of 191.768 mph.

Rounding out the top 10 in qualifying were Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Trevor Bayne.

This is Stewart’s first pole of the season and 13th of his career. This is the first career pole for Stewart at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

2011 BANK OF AMERICA 500 QUALIFYING SPEEDS

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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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