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CONCORD, N.C. -- Its been awhile, but Richard Petty has bragging rights once again in Charlotte. Aric Almirola took the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 192.940 mph Thursday night and teammate Marcus Ambrose finished second at 191.598, giving Petty a front-row sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCARs longest race. "Hey yall," Petty said to reporters as he walked into press conference and took a spot behind the table in the front of the interview room. "Havent sat up here in a while." Petty won a Sprint Cup-record 123 poles during his career. But his No. 43 car hasnt sat on the pole at the Coca-Cola 600 in 46 years. "This really makes me feel good because our guys have been working hard for a long time and they finally got a little recognition," Petty said. "It shows what these guys have been doing is right. Tonight the circumstances were right. Its a confidence builder for us, even though its just qualifying. We have bragging rights for a couple of days here anyway, so that makes all of us feel good." Almirola, gearing up for his first series race at Charlotte, got his first pole by taking advantage of cooler track conditions late in qualifying. Jimmie Johnson, who won last weeks All-Star race, qualified third, followed by Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer. Mark Martin will start sixth and Kasey Kahne seventh, followed by Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Regan Smith. Kurt Busch will start at the back of the field after wrecking in qualifying. Danica Patrick qualified 43rd for her first Coca-Cola 600. Almirola said he was "honoured" to give Petty Motorsports the pole in Charlotte in a race Petty considers the second-biggest on the NASCAR circuit behind only the Daytona 500. "Its been a huge honour for me from day one to come to this organization, not just to drive at Richard Petty Motorsports but to drive the No. 43 car, probably the most iconic car in the history of our sport," Almirola said. "For him to allow me to do that is really special. Its a huge honour to be able to put that No. 43 car back on top of the board. I know its qualifying and we want to be able to do this after the race, but its a start." The No. 43 car has won 122 poles, 114 of those by driven by Petty himself. Almirola credited new crew chief Mike Ford, who joined the team for the Talladega race, for making changes to the car that worked. "He was like, Im going to step off the island this week. It may or may not work but we didnt run good enough last week for it to matter," Almirola said. "So we came back this week with something totally different and its paid off. Its really a fast car." Said Ford: "Weve got the balance right and weve got speed." After qualifying Petty stood next to Almirola in victory lane and asked the youngster if he scared himself running so fast in qualifying. "I told him, Well no, when they drive good theyre not really that scary," Almirola said. Ambrose turned the fastest lap in practice, but couldnt beat out his teammate for the pole. But that didnt seem to bother him at all. "Were a two-car team here trying to take it to the big super teams," Ambrose said. "Its a great night for us. Well take a front row. If youre going to get beat by anyone I guess you want to be beaten by your teammate. Its a proud day for us." Kurt Warner Rams Jersey . The club announced Thursday that the veteran forward will be on the ice when the Flames play the Blues in St. Louis on Friday. It will be Langkows first game since suffering a broken bone in his neck after being hit by teammate Ian Whites shot on March 21, 2010, in Minnesota. Camo Chris Long Jersey . Crawford hit an RBI single in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Tuesday night, their ninth victory in 11 games since the All-Star break. ... yb-19.html . -- Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington will serve three extra months of federal probation in a 2010 perjury case, U. Rams #28 Jersey . Eveland (1-0), who was making his first start since June 7, 2010 when he was a member of the Pirates, gave up one run on six hits, while fanning three and walking none. Kenley Jansen relieved Blake Hawksworth after he had given up two runs in the ninth to earn his third save of the season. Camo James Laurinaitis Jersey . Dmitry Tursunov of Russia defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-4 at the clay-court event, Daniel Brands beat Tobias Kamke 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in an all-German match, and Marinko Matosevic of Australia beat German wild card Kevin Krawietz 6-2, 6-4. SEATTLE -- From the yellow shirts to the K-cards handed out to fans in attendance, Thursday night was all set to be a party in honour of Felix Hernandez. It nearly turned into a nightmare for the Seattle Mariners. Hernandez allowed three earned runs, was knocked around for 10 hits by Texas potent lineup and the Mariners lost their third straight 4-3 to the Rangers. What was already a disappointing night for Seattle got a bit worse when slugger Michael Morse was forced to leave the game in the seventh inning after getting hit with a pitch on his right hand as he attempted to check his swing. In the only bit of good news the Mariners received, Morses injury is not serious. He has a small fracture in his right little finger and manager Eric Wedge expects him to miss a week or less. "I feel fine. Ive had a lot worse thing than this," Morse said. "Its one of those freakish things." Morse initially stayed in the game and got hit in the shoulder on the next pitch from Tanner Scheppers. After getting to first base and taking off his batting glove, Morse called for the trainer and left the game. Seattle is already down outfielder Michael Saunders, who went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Morse has no intention of being out that long. "Im hoping by Sunday. ... Im going to try to rehab this thing as best I can real quick," Morse said. "Might have to play through some pain." A.J. Pierzynski homered and David Murphy snapped a 2-all tie with an RBI single in the fifth and the Rangers managed to deny Hernandez (1-0) in his bid for his 100th career victory. Pierzynski hit his second homer of the season with one-out in the second. The Rangers added an unearned run later in the second and scored twice in the fifth. "We scored some runs off of Felix which doesnt happen very often," Pierzynski said. "Hes had the career hes had and the numbers hes put up in his career because hes one of the best. Hes never a fun at-bat." Thursday night was Hernandezs first home start since he signed a $175 million extension in the off-season that will keep him in Seattle through the 2019 season. There were plenty of cheers early when Hernandez recorded a pair of first-inning strikeouts to reach the 1,500-mark in his career. Hernandez got Murphy looking to end the first inning for No. 1,500. He walked off the mound to be greeted by a handshake ffrom Adrian Beltre -- one of Hernandezs closest friends in the game -- and catcher Jesus Montero waiting with the ball to commemorate the milestone number.dddddddddddd Hernandez didnt get help from his defence. Raul Ibanez misplayed Mitch Morelands line drive to left field for an error in the second. Leonys Martin followed with a single and with two outs, Elvis Andrus had an RBI single to score Moreland and give the Rangers the lead. After Seattle pulled even, the Rangers broke the deadlock in the fifth. Ian Kinsler led off with a single and scored on Murphys two-out hit. Nelson Cruz followed with a double to left-field to score Lance Berkman for a 4-2 Texas lead. "I had pretty good stuff, just made a couple of mistakes," Hernandez said. "They got to me in the fifth because of mistakes. The ball was up a little bit that inning." Franklin Gutierrez hit his third leadoff homer of the season and added an RBI groundout for Seattle. But Seattle couldnt complete rallies in the seventh or eighth innings. Kyle Seager snapped a 0-for-18 skid with a two-out single in the seventh off Scheppers. Kendrys Morales walked and Morse was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lefty Robbie Ross took over for Scheppers and struck out Raul Ibanez to end the threat. Seattle had one more rally as Justin Smoak singled and Jesus Montero doubled to open the eighth. Robert Andino followed with a slow chopper to score Smoak and cut the Rangers lead to 4-3 with pinch-runner Endy Chavez advancing to third. Seattle then tried to squeeze across the tying run, but Brendan Ryans bunt went directly back at Ross, who moved quickly off the mound and flipped the ball to Pierzynski in time to get Chavez breaking from third. "We had opportunities to come back," Wedge said. "We had the right people out there for that squeeze when we did it and they made a good play on it." Notes: Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman threw out the first pitch. He was joined by teammates Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor with seats in the first row near the Rangers dugout. ... Seattle gave 2B Dustin Ackley the night off. Ackley is hitting just .100. ... Japanese pitchers Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma will meet for the third time in their major league careers on Friday night. The pitchers faced off six times while playing in Nippon Professional Baseball. ' ' '
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