David Reutimann played the Sprint Cup waiting game and again came out on top.
Reutimann ran a lap of 156.794 mph on Friday and captured the pole for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway, four days after he won his first career Cup race.
The victory in the Coca-Cola 600 came after three rain delays at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Reutimann then went out 11th on Friday and watched other drivers take a shot on the concrete track at trying to knock him off.
Points leader Jeff Gordon challenged in Dover, Del., until the No. 24 got loose and slammed into the wall. He'll use his backup car for Sunday's race and start 42nd.
Once that threat was gone, Reutimann's second pole of the season was all his.
"I'm kind of a nervous person anyway, so waiting around to see if we won the race and then waiting around to see everybody have a shot at us became nerve-racking over time," he said.
Kasey Kahne was second and Juan Pablo Montoya qualified third.
Kahne used a new Dodge engine in the No. 9 to catapult him to his best start of the season.
"I can really tell the difference," Kahne said. "The new engine is something that we've needed and I think that it's going to be really good with cars around me as well."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his best qualifying lap since Talladega and will start 22nd with team manager Brian Whitesell calling the shots. Lance McGrew takes over next week at Pocono Raceway as the interim crew chief.
Mayfield seeks court ruling
Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield must wait until next week for a judge to rule whether his suspension for a failed drug test should be overturned. Mayfield's attorneys asked a Charlotte, N.C., judge Friday to rescind the indefinite suspension, saying NASCAR did not follow its drug-testing policies and left the driver with no way to prove his innocence.
A judge set a hearing for Wednesday, saying an immediate ruling was not necessary because Mayfield Motorsports is not racing this weekend. The team did not take the No. 41 to Dover and attempt to qualify for Sunday's race.
Mayfield attorney Bill Diehl said the team hopes to race at Pocono next weekend.
Another Earnhardt to beat
All Jeffrey Earnhardt needs now is a catchy nickname — and his first start.
The family legacy carries on Saturday when the 19-year-old Earnhardt attempts to qualify for the Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
The grandson of Dale Earnhardt, the nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., and son of Kerry, Jeffrey Earnhardt will run a partial schedule this year in NASCAR's second-tier series. He'll drive the No. 31 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing.
"I've been working on this race car with my dad for about a month, and it has really helped me understand how the car handles," said Earnhardt, who is trying to hitch a full-time ride for 2010. "My dad believes you have to know how to build them to be able to drive them and he's been teaching me that."
Trucks race washed out
The trucks race scheduled at Dover International Speedway was postponed because of rain and has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, after the Nationwide Series race.