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Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook: Brian Vickers captures pole

The new qualifying format for Sunday's GEICIO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was unorthodox and confusing for several teams on Saturday, but Brian Vickers came out on top. "I was a half-straightaway behind the whole field and they all checked up and gave me a chance and gave me a run," Vickers said of his Round 3 run to his first pole of season. "I mean, I really get no credit for it. I was just trying not to wreck. The team did a great job with the car. We had a strategy and a plan and we stuck to it, even when I thought we were crazy." Vickers' pole-winning average lap speed was 196.129 mph. Jimmie Johnson was second, A.J. Allmendinger third, Ryan Blaney...

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