Watkins Glen International Starting Lineup: Kyle Busch Snared The ‘Dinger To Capture the Pole

August 13, 2011 No Comments

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Kyle Busch showed the “road-course ringers” at Watkins Glen International that he has developed a talent that puts fear in several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who take a lot of pride at these “unique” tracks.

With a lap at 126.421 mph, Busch, the last driver to make a qualifying attempt in Saturday’s time trials, knocked AJ Allmendinger off the pole for Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen, in a session that saw 15 drivers beat Jeff Gordon’s 2003 track record.

Allmendinger will start second after a lap at 126.041 mph, followed by Richard Petty Motorsports teammate Marcos Ambrose (125.984 mph). Jimmie Johnson (125.663 mph) claimed the fourth starting position, and Juan Pablo Montoya (125.654 mph), last year’s race winner, will start fifth in the 22nd Sprint Cup race of the season.

Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, series points leader Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr. and Regan Smith will start from positions six through 10, respectively.

Starting Lineup: 

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 69.767 126.421
2 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford 69.977 126.041
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 70.009 125.984
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 70.188 125.663
5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 70.193 125.654
6 39 Ryan Newman U.S. ARMY Chevrolet 70.383 125.314
7 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 70.426 125.238
8 99 Carl Edwards Ortho Home Defense Max Ford 70.446 125.202
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 70.578 124.968
10 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevrolet 70.594 124.94
11 47 Bobby Labonte CapitalDPO Toyota 70.608 124.915
12 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 70.612 124.908
13 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota 70.614 124.904
14 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 70.678 124.791
15 51 Boris Said Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 70.729 124.701
16 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 70.815 124.55
17 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 70.871 124.451
18 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota 71.13 123.998
19 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 71.213 123.854
20 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 71.312 123.682
21 87 Joe Nemechek(i) NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 71.323 123.663
22 5 Mark Martin GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 71.339 123.635
23 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 71.407 123.517
24 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford 71.413 123.507
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet 71.431 123.476
26 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota 71.443 123.455
27 22 Kurt Busch Shell/Pennzoil Dodge 71.454 123.436
28 16 Greg Biffle Valvoline Ford 71.456 123.433
29 37 Scott Speed(i) Green Stuff Absorbent Ford 71.487 123.379
30 55 JJ Yeley Front Row Motorsports Ford 71.543 123.283
31 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Dodge 71.605 123.176
32 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet 71.733 122.956
33 66 Michael McDowell HP Racing, LLC Toyota 71.733 122.956
34 50 T J Bell Green Smoke Chevrolet 71.749 122.929
35 32 Andrew Ranger(i) Bully Hill Vineyards Ford 72.075 122.373
36 71 Andy Lally # Interstate Moving Services Ford 72.179 122.196
37 60 Mike Skinner(i) Big Red Toyota 72.218 122.13
38 36 Ron Fellows(i) Golden Corral Chevrolet 72.299 121.993
39 0 David Reutimann Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 72.497 121.66
40 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 72.641 121.419
41 34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 73.293 120.339
42 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota Owner Points
43 38 Terry Labonte Long John Silver’s Ford Past Champion

 

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