NASCAR & Auto Racing

Ragan wins pole for Ford 300

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - David Ragan won the pole for Saturday afternoon's Ford 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The No.6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford circled the 1.5-mile oval in 31.129 seconds (176.472 mph).

The pole victory was Ragan's second of the season and second of his Busch career. His first career pole was in April at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Starting alongside Ragan will be 2007 Busch Series champion Carl Edwards, who posted a time of 31.312 seconds.

The drivers championship has been locked up for a couple of months by Edwards and the No.60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team and the owner's championship will be clinched by Richard Childress Racing and the No.29 Chevrolet team when the car starts the final race.

It was Edwards' first Busch Series championship and the fourth Busch owner's title for Richard Childress. It is the 11th overall title for RCR which includes six Nextel Cup wins and one Craftsman Truck Series championship. RCR drivers have won 12 times this season - six by Kevin Harvick, two from Clint Bowyer and four by Jeff Burton.

This is just the second time that the driver and owner titles have been split. In 2003 RCR with drivers Harvick and Johnny Sauter won the owner title while Brian Vickers won the driver's crown.

Dave Blaney (31.334) and Harvick (31.389) will make up row two as "Cup" drivers took the top-five positions.

Sam Hornish Jr. qualified sixth and was the only non-Nextel Cup driver in the first four rows.

The race is scheduled to drop the green flag at 4:30 p.m. (et).

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