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Jorg Bergmeister takes pole

Updated: January 27, 2011, 7:02 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jorg Bergmeister was just about to end his qualifying run when crewmembers told him to stay out for one more lap.

It turned out to be a great call.

Bergmeister's final lap Thursday was his fastest, earning him the pole in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He'll lead the field to the green flag in the grueling and prestigious 24-hour race Saturday.

"I honestly didn't expect it," Bergmeister said. "I was about to come in and they told me, 'OK, try again.' And I went ...

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