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Montoya wins first pole at Talladega

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, April 25, 2009

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Juan Montoya
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Juan Montoya won the first pole of his NASCAR career on Saturday with a strong lap at Talladega Superspeedway.

Montoya ran a lap at 188.171 mph, then had to wait almost two hours to see if his time would hold. He returned to his motor home for a snack and surfed the Internet as car after car failed to knock him from the top.

Greg Biffle almost did, posting a speed of 188.141 to qualify second.

"That's all she had," Biffle said. "You think about what you can do different. I feel like I did everything I could to do to get everything I could out of the car."

After his lap, Montoya figured teammate Martin Truex Jr. would be his toughest competition for the pole. But Truex's lap at 187.971 mph was third.

Truex said Montoya, who finished second to Kyle Busch in this race a year ago, can contend for the win on Sunday.

"He's had some great finishes, and I think he's smart about the draft and he's calmed down since the first few races when he may have tried too hard all day," Truex said. "He's smart. We worked together at Daytona, and he made all the decisions I would have made when he was in front of me."

Truex won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500, and Montoya's run gives Earnhardt Ganassi Racing poles in both restrictor-plate races so far this season.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Tums Dual Action 188.171 50.890 Leader
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 188.141 50.898 -0.008
3 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 187.971 50.944 -0.054
4 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Truck Rental / AAA 187.953 50.949 -0.059
5 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 187.919 50.958 -0.068
6 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet National Day of Prayer / Furniture Row 187.897 50.964 -0.074
7 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 187.861 50.974 -0.084
8 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 187.824 50.984 -0.094
9 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 187.687 51.021 -0.131
10 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 187.640 51.034 -0.144
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 187.610 51.042 -0.152
12 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 187.607 51.043 -0.153
13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 187.574 51.052 -0.162
14 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Throwback Challenger / DuPont 187.423 51.093 -0.203
15 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 187.412 51.096 -0.206
16 99 Carl Edwards Ford Claritin 187.383 51.104 -0.214
17 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 187.379 51.105 -0.215
18 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 187.163 51.164 -0.274
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 187.071 51.189 -0.299
20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 187.061 51.192 -0.302
21 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 186.900 51.236 -0.346
22 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 186.889 51.239 -0.349
23 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Pedigree 186.831 51.255 -0.365
24 98 Paul Menard Ford Turtle Wax / Menards 186.823 51.257 -0.367
25 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Prelude to the Dream / U.S. Army 186.663 51.301 -0.411
26 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 186.638 51.308 -0.418
27 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota Big Red 186.627 51.311 -0.421
28 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 186.518 51.341 -0.451
29 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 186.423 51.367 -0.477
30 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 186.401 51.373 -0.483
31 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 186.260 51.412 -0.522
32 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 186.245 51.416 -0.526
33 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 186.108 51.454 -0.564
34 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 185.596 51.596 -0.706
35 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 185.459 51.634 -0.744
36 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 185.384 51.655 -0.765
37 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 184.765 51.828 -0.938
38 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 184.608 51.872 -0.982
39 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 184.161 51.998 -1.108
40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 182.738 52.403 -1.513
41 43 Reed Sorenson+ Dodge U.S. Air Force 185.902 51.511 -0.621
42 7 Robby Gordon+ Toyota Jim Beam 185.323 51.672 -0.782
43 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO 186.460 51.357 -0.467
Did Not Qualify
44 66 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 185.362 51.661 -0.771
45 4 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty SteelSak / Wal-Mart 184.048 52.030 -1.140

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