Some Surprising Names on the Starting Grid of the Samsung 500

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Some Surprising Names on the Starting Grid of the Samsung 500
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Qualifying for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway gave us a few new names, and few ones that aren't all that surprising in the top ten.

David Reutimann won the pole for this race with a qualifying speed of 190.517 miles per hour. This is only his second career pole. He is currently in 11th place in points and is definitely a potential candidate for winning Sundays race.

Jeff Gordon is starting second with a qualifying lap of 190.194 miles per hour. Currently the points leader, Texas could be the race to give Gordon his much deserved win.

Matt Kenseth qualified third with a speed of 189.954 miles per hour. After a great start to the season, he started to fall behind and is currently 12th in the points.  This Rousch Fenway driver certainly has a chance to win the race.

David Ragan is starting in fourth place. A very surprising name at the top of the starting grid. His speed was 189.934 miles per hour. After being 29th in points, and not having a overly great season so far, this is just what Ragan needs to finish great in Sundays race.

Paul Menard rounds out the top five with a speed of 189.907 miles per hour. Menard really needs this to boost his confidence in finishing positive at Texas. At a low 35th in points, this is exactly what Paul Menard and the 98 team needs.

Kasey Kahne qualified sixth with a speed of 189.900 miles per hour. Currently ninth in points, Kahne could be a candidate for this race and many to come.

Tony Stewart qualifies a solid seventh with a speed of 189.807 miles per hour. He is also currently seventh in points. Smoke's due for a win in 2009 with his Stewart-Haas team.

Kyle Busch is starting eighth with the speed of 189.427 miles per hour. Currently sixth in points, we all know "Rowdy" is definitely a "shoo-in" to win in Texas. We all know he's got the fever.

Jimmie Johnson starts ninth with the speed of 189.421 miles per hour. He's currently fourth in points and just coming of a win at Martinsville. Johnson just might be the car to beat on Sunday.

And rounding out the top ten is rookie Joey Logano. Logano has not had the best start to his 2009 season with the No. 20 Home Depot car. I believe it will really boost his teams confidence to finish well at Texas.

A few names to watch that did not qualify in the top 10 are Carl Edwards, who qualified 13th. This Rousch Fenway car just may be the car to beat. He is currently eighth in points.

Clint Boywer qualified 19th and is many peoples pick to win the Samsung 500. He is currently second in the points standings.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 20th and is currently 16th in points. Texas is where Jr. won his first race, and this just may be what the 88 team needs.

The Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will be a very eventful race and I feel will turn out some surprises.

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