NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Lineup at Dover: Martin Truex Jr. Wins Pole at Hometrack

October 1, 2011 No Comments

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Martin Truex Jr. has won the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway after posting a lap of 159.004 mph around the “Monster Mile” in which Truex calls home.

Truex has a knack for running well, while Miles the Monster is present. Truex’s most recent pole came in last season’s Sprint Cup race at Dover, with his only Sprint Cup win coming three years prior to that.

“We’ve had a really good Toyota the last few times we’ve run here,” said Truex Jr. “Really proud of my guys. Just a great lap and feels good to be back in Dover.”

Kurt Busch will fill the front row coming to green on Sunday followed by Paul Menard, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. Jimmie Johnson, A.J. Allmendinger, Bobby Labonte, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle rounded out the top 10.

Several Chase drivers struggled to find the speed in Saturday’s qualifying session. Jeff Gordon, who posted the fourth quickest speed in first practice and second quickest speed in Final Cup practice, has left several people scratching their head after qualifying 34th in Saturday’s session.

Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) later tweeted, “Wow that was disappointing! Amazing how much speed u lose here when the car is loose. Going to b tough 400 laps coming from 34th.”

Other Chase drivers outside of the top 10: Denny Hamlin (11th), Brad Keselowski (15th), Matt Kenseth (18th), Ryan Newman (20th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (21st), Kevin Harvick (22nd), Tony Stewart (28th)

Starting lineup for Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover (2:00 PM ET on ESPN):
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kurt Busch
3. Paul Menard
4. Carl Edwards
5. Kyle Busch
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. A.J. Allmendinger
8. Bobby Labonte
9. Kasey Kahne
10. Greg Biffle
11. Denny Hamlin
12. Marcos Ambrose
13. Jeff Burton
14. David Reutimann
15. Brad Keselowski
16. Regan Smith
17. Mark Martin
18. Matt Kenseth
19. David Ragan
20. Ryan Newman
21. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
22. Kevin Harvick
23. Jamie McMurray
24. Juan Pablo Montoya
25. Landon Cassill
26. Josh Wise
27. Clint Bowyer
28. Tony Stewart
29. Scott Speed
30. Brian Vickers
31. David Stremme
32. Travis Kvapil
33. Joey Logano
34. Jeff Gordon
35. Michael McDowell
36. David Gilliland
37. Andy Lally
38. Reed Sorenson
39. Casey Mears
40. Mike Bliss
41. Dave Blaney
42. Joe Nemechek
43. J.J. Yeley
DNQ: Mike Skinner

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