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Elliott Sadler earns NASCAR Sprint Cup pole

Pole at Texas is salve for Sadler

FORT WORTH, Texas — Elliott Sadler called Friday "the first day of the rest of my life." If so, it was a good start.

Barely an hour after announcing a deal that will put him in one of Kevin Harvick's Nationwide series cars next year, Sadler, above, blew away the field in qualifying for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. He zipped around the 1½-mile track in 195.397 mph, nearly 2 mph better than front-row partner Greg Biffle.

Facing an uncertain future in NASCAR's top series, Sadler took his first pole since spring 2006 at Talladega. His last win was in 2004 at California.

Richard Petty Motorsports is switching the primary sponsor on Sadler's No. 19 Ford to Marcos Ambrose's car next year, leaving Sadler without a Sprint Cup ride for now.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson qualified 17th. As for the other championship contenders, Kevin Harvick is 26th on the starting grid, and Denny Hamlin 30th.

Prosecutor sends warning to Massa

A Brazilian prosecutor warned Felipe Massa that he could be arrested and sentenced to up to six years in prison if he takes team orders to help Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso win the Formula One title.

Massa, a Brazilian, could be charged with fraud if he lets Alonso pass him or if he does anything else that would alter the result Sunday in Interlagos, according to prosecutor Paulo Castilho, known for taking up sports causes in Brazil.

"It doesn't mean that it will happen, it will be up to the local authority in charge of the event to decide whether the law has been broken," Castilho said Thursday.

Massa gave way to his teammate while leading the German GP in July so Alonso could earn more points in the race for the title.

"I would do it again, I'm a professional driver," Massa said this week.

Ferrari was fined $100,000, but none of the drivers were punished.

Kyle Busch wins again in trucks

Kyle Busch moved closer to an owner's championship in NASCAR trucks, driving his No. 18 Toyota to victory Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. He has won seven of his 14 starts this season and took the WinStar World Casino 350K by leading 80 of 147 laps including the final 21. He beat runnerup Johnny Sauter by 0.386 seconds. While not in contention for the driver's title because he didn't run full time, Busch could win the owner's title with his first-year team; his truck leads Steve Germain's entry by 72 points with two races left.

Elsewhere

Justin Allgaier and Reed Sorenson will have full-time Nationwide series rides in 2011 for Turner Motorsports. The team that recently acquired Braun Racing said Friday that it will run three cars next year in each of the Nationwide and truck series. Turner's third Nationwide car will rotate among Clearwater's Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher and Jason Leffler. Carmichael and Buescher are set for full-time truck rides next year. … Buescher earned the pole for today's O'Reilly Challenge Nationwide race at Texas with a lap of 189.281 mph, holding off Sprint Cup stars Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.

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Reutimann charity event coming

Sprint Cup driver David Reutimann of Zephyrhills hosts his sixth annual charity golf tournament, cookout and auction, Dec. 3-4, at Silverado Golf and Country Club in Zephyrhills. The cookout and auction is Dec. 3 followed by the golf tournament the next day. Proceeds go to various Florida charities. Call (813) 788-1225 for more information.

Numbers of the week

9 Drivers in the 12-man Chase for the Championship who have Sprint Cup victories at Texas Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's race.

3 Victories for Carl Edwards at Texas, the track record; the only other driver with multiple victories since the series began racing on the 1½-mile oval in 1997 is Jeff Burton, who has won twice in Fort Worth.

Elliott Sadler earns NASCAR Sprint Cup pole 11/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 12:06am]
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