Ragan wins pole for Brickyard 400

By Adam Niemeyer

SPEEDWAY, IN (FOX19) - David Ragan won the pole for Sunday's 18th running of the Brickyard 400, his second career pole and second this season, with a lap of 49.182 seconds (182.994 mph).

"I don't feel like I drove nearly as well as I could have, but it's a good feeling," Ragan said. "To be able to come up here and be fast, and sit on the pole is nice, and it's great being fast on Friday and Saturday, but it doesn't mean anything when they drop the green flag tomorrow."

Kasey Kahne will start second, Jimmie Johnson third, Kurt Busch fourth and Brad Keselowski fifth. A.J. Allmendinger, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and points leader Carl Edwards rounded out the top ten for the 20th race of the season.

Kahne said, "The lap was really good. We picked up a little over a tenth of a second from final practice. I thought that lap (in practice) was really good."

Ragan is driving a special blue paint scheme this week in honor of NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett, who said he hasn't been this happy since his son, Dale, won the Brickyard in 1999.

"I feel like this year has been a good year for him. The cars are under him more and I think he's been able to drive it 100 percent without stepping over that line," Johnson said about Ragan's breakout season.

Ragan's first career pole came at Texas earlier this season. He said he learned some things that he'll use in tomorrow's race.

"At Texas we weren't that great but we were able to run in the top five all night long because we had the No. 1 pit stall and we had good, clean air," said Ragan.

Five drivers failed to qualify for the race: David Stremme, Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell, J.J. Yeley and Scott Wimmer.

The Brickyard 400 will start at 1:00 p.m.

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