Blaney Gives Toyota It's First Nextel Cup Pole

June 29, 2007

Loudon, N.H. (AP) -- Dave Blaney has given Toyota its first pole in the Nextel Cup series, turning in the top qualifying speed for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. He turned a fast lap of 129.437 MPH at the New Hampshire International Speedway to give Toyota one of its few highlights in its first Nascar season.

The bad news for the auto maker is that Brian Vickers was disqualified when his car failed to post-qualifying inspection. Officials say it was too low on the left side. That left Toyota with only three of its seven cars in the 43-car field.

Kurt Busch qualified second in his Dodge. Reed Sorensen, Johnny Sauter and Juan Pablo Montoya round out the top five. Series points leader Jeff Gordon qualified eighth.

1. (22) DAVE BLANEY, TOYOTA, 129.437 MPH.
2. (2) KURT BUSCH, DODGE, 129.182.
3. (41) REED SORENSON, DODGE, 128.589.
4. (70) JOHNNY SAUTER, CHEVROLET, 128.502.
5. (42) JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, DODGE, 128.411.
6. (8) DALE EARNHARDT JR., CHEVROLET, 128.389.
7. (29) KEVIN HARVICK, CHEVROLET, 128.372.
8. (24) JEFF GORDON, CHEVROLET, 128.350.
9. (1) MARTIN TRUEX JR., CHEVROLET, 128.329.
10. (48) JIMMIE JOHNSON, CHEVROLET, 128.316.
11. (11) DENNY HAMLIN, CHEVROLET, 128.299.
12. (12) RYAN NEWMAN, DODGE, 128.242.
13. (01) REGAN SMITH, CHEVROLET, 128.225.
14. (20) TONY STEWART, CHEVROLET, 128.139.
15. (66) JEFF GREEN, CHEVROLET, 128.083.
16. (7) ROBBY GORDON, FORD, 127.988.
17. (00) DAVID REUTIMANN, TOYOTA, 127.962.
18. (5) KYLE BUSCH, CHEVROLET, 127.765.
19. (18) J.J. YELEY, CHEVROLET, 127.718.
20. (07) CLINT BOWYER, CHEVROLET, 127.696.
21. (25) CASEY MEARS, CHEVROLET, 127.641.
22. (99) CARL EDWARDS, FORD, 127.542.
23. (19) ELLIOTT SADLER, DODGE, 127.534.
24. (40) DAVID STREMME, DODGE, 127.525.
25. (4) WARD BURTON, CHEVROLET, 127.397.
26. (31) JEFF BURTON, CHEVROLET, 127.393.
27. (38) DAVID GILLILAND, FORD, 127.363.
28. (9) KASEY KAHNE, DODGE, 127.248.
29. (36) JEREMY MAYFIELD, TOYOTA, 127.180.
30. (17) MATT KENSETH, FORD, 127.074.
31. (43) BOBBY LABONTE, DODGE, 127.049.
32. (6) DAVID RAGAN, FORD, 126.913.
33. (13) JOE NEMECHEK, CHEVROLET, 126.905.
34. (16) GREG BIFFLE, FORD, 126.871.
35. (15) PAUL MENARD, CHEVROLET, 126.842.
36. (21) BILL ELLIOTT, FORD, 126.783.
37. (37) KEVIN LEPAGE, DODGE, 126.433.
38. (26) JAMIE MCMURRAY, FORD, 126.374.
39. (96) TONY RAINES, CHEVROLET, 126.333.
40. (45) JOHN ANDRETTI, DODGE, 126.199.
41. (14) STERLING MARLIN, CHEVROLET, OWNER POINTS.
42. (88) RICKY RUDD, FORD, OWNER POINTS.
43. (49) CHAD CHAFFIN, DODGE, 126.421.

FAILED TO QUALIFY
44. (55) MICHAEL WALTRIP, TOYOTA, 126.144.
45. (78) KENNY WALLACE, CHEVROLET, 126.090.
46. (44) DALE JARRETT, TOYOTA, 125.848.
47. (10) SCOTT RIGGS, DODGE, 125.732.
48. (84) AJ ALLMENDINGER, TOYOTA, 125.302.
49. (83) BRIAN VICKERS, TOYOTA, TIME DISALLOWED.


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