Kasey Kahne won the pole at Talladega Superspeedway (Ala.), leading a strong group of championship contenders in Saturday's qualifying session.
His lap of 191.455 mph bettered Ryan Newman's 191.145, putting two Chevrolets on the front row for Sunday's NASCAR race.
Kahne is sixth after three Chase for the Sprint Cup races and trails leader Brad Keselowski by 32 points.
Two-time defending race winner Clint Bowyer qualified third. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was fourth, followed by Greg Biffle as Chase drivers took four of the top five starting spots.
Jeff Gordon was sixth, followed by Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. in the restrictor-plate race.
In all, Chase drivers took six of the top-10 starting spots. The other half of the Chase field is spread out all the way down to 23rd, which is where Denny Hamlin will start at the 2.66-mile speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 12th, Matt Kenseth 15th, Jimmie Johnson 17th, Kevin Harvick 21st and Keselowski 22nd.
Los Angeles star Landon Donovan limped off with a leg injury with 10 minutes left in the Galaxy's 2-1 loss to visiting Real Salt Lake, creating doubt whether he'll be available for the U.S.'s World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda (on Friday) and Guatemala (on Oct. 16).
Donovan said he didn't hear a pop, which frequently accompanies a ligament tears, but the extent of the damage wasn't known. "We have no idea. We have to get it worked out. ... It didn't feel good," said the midfielder, who missed last month's qualifiers against Jamaica.
Fabian Espindola scored in the 25th and 28th minutes to help Real Salt Lake (17-11-4) beat the Galaxy (15-12-5)
Kobe Bryant's right foot improved sufficiently to allow the Los Angeles Lakers star to practice. He had missed two practices Friday.
Novak Djokovic will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the China Open in Beijing. Djokovic beat Florian Mayer 6-1, 6-4, while Tsonga led 6-1, 4-1 when Feliciano Lopez retired with a wrist injury. In the women's semifinals, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2, and Maria Sharapova ousted China's Li Na 6-4, 6-0.
Mixed martial arts
Jeremy Stephens missed a nationally televised UFC bout in Minneapolis on Friday night after is arrest on a felony warrant from Iowa. UFC president Dana White said he's been unsuccessful in his efforts to cut a deal to get Stephens out on bail.