Red Bull Takes Front Row at Chicagoland, Vickers in Pole Position

If one could bet on something, it would probably be on Brian Vickers taking pole position during this year's rounds of the Sprint Cup Series. The Red Bull driver recorded his 5th pole position in 15 qualifying session attempts this year, after scoring the best time for this Saturday's 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The second good news for Red Bull was Vickers' rookie teammate Scott Speed completing the first row of the Saturday grid, after edging reigning Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in his very last qualifying lap attempt.

Although he is, by far, leader of the qualifying sessions this year, Vickers seems to no longer enjoy his first spots in 2009. He failed to convert any of his previous 4 pole positions into race wins this season, while also yet to visit the Victory Lane in 2009.

I'm very frustrated to not be in Victory Lane. Sitting on poles this year was one of our goals. Winning races was, too. If I had to pick between the two, I'd pick wins over poles, but we'll take whatever we can get – and we're really proud of the poles we've sat on this year,” said Vickers after today's session.

Denny Hamlin scored the 4th best time of the day on Friday, while followed by Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, David Reutimann and Marcos Ambrose.

Championship leader scored a poor 32nd place in the Friday qualifying, and will not benefit from the top spot on the grid like in the previous 2 events (due to rainouts). Mike Wallace, Dexter Bean and Tony Raines will not start on Saturday, as they failed to make the 43-car field after the qualifying session.
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