David Reutimann of Zephyrhills played the Sprint Cup waiting game and again came out on top.
Reutimann ran a lap of 156.794 mph Friday and captured the pole 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 Friday and watched other drivers take a shot on the concrete track at trying to knock him off the pole.
Points leader Jeff Gordon challenged 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. Reed Sorenson and Greg Biffle round out the top five.
Reutimann captured his second pole of the season for Michael Waltrip Racing and third of his 76-race career. He also was fastest during Friday's lone practice session. The 39-year-old journeyman driver is within six points of Mark Martin for 12th place and the last spot in the Chase for the Championship.
INDYCAR: Tony Kanaan is expected to drive at the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday despite bumps and bruises he received in a hard crash at the Indianapolis 500.
MAYFIELD SUSPENSION: Suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield must wait until next week for a judge to rule whether his suspension for a failed drug test should be overturned.
TRUCKS: The trucks race set at Dover (Del.) International Speedway was postponed Friday because of rain and has been scheduled for 6 p.m. today.