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Montoya breaks track record in New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying
Friday, September 18, 2009

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Juan Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya drew first blood in the race for the Sprint Cup by winning the pole after he set a new track record around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in qualifying for Sunday's Sylvania 300.

Montoya, who will be making his 100th Sprint Cup start, broke Ryan Newman's 2003 track record with a lap of 133.431 mph.

“I think here we’re supposed to have a really good car. We think we are bringing our best equipment and everybody else will as well,” said Montoya, who scored his second career Sprint Cup pole.

“The team is incredible. They’re pumped up, they’re excited and they can see that we can do it. We’re competitive and they see that, so it’s nice.”

Tony Stewart will start outside Montoya on the front row with Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards rounding out the top five.

David Stremme, Martin Truex, Jr., Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon completed the first ten qualifiers.

Two drivers failed to qualify for Sunday's race, Derrike Cope and Dexter Bean.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 133.431 28.545 Leader
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 132.581 28.728 -0.183
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 132.581 28.728 -0.183
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 132.030 28.848 -0.303
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 132.012 28.852 -0.307
6 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 131.943 28.867 -0.322
7 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Rain-X 131.852 28.887 -0.342
8 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 131.847 28.888 -0.343
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 131.829 28.892 -0.347
10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Yellow Ribbon / DuPont 131.788 28.901 -0.356
11 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 131.760 28.907 -0.362
12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 131.724 28.915 -0.370
13 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 131.510 28.962 -0.417
14 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 131.365 28.994 -0.449
15 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 131.352 28.997 -0.452
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 131.234 29.023 -0.478
17 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 131.234 29.023 -0.478
18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 131.229 29.024 -0.479
19 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 131.089 29.055 -0.510
20 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 131.080 29.057 -0.512
21 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 131.058 29.062 -0.517
22 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch Brand 131.031 29.068 -0.523
23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 131.017 29.071 -0.526
24 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 131.008 29.073 -0.528
25 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald's McCafe 130.914 29.094 -0.549
26 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 130.649 29.153 -0.608
27 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 130.649 29.153 -0.608
28 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Sylvania 130.635 29.156 -0.611
29 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 130.617 29.160 -0.615
30 64 Mike Wallace Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 130.613 29.161 -0.616
31 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Bush's Best Baked Beans / Market Basket 130.595 29.165 -0.620
32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 130.474 29.192 -0.647
33 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 130.452 29.197 -0.652
34 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Berlin City Auto Group 130.421 29.204 -0.659
35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 130.305 29.230 -0.685
36 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's 129.900 29.321 -0.776
37 96 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 129.789 29.346 -0.801
38 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 129.626 29.383 -0.838
39 09 Aric Almirola Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 129.331 29.450 -0.905
40 98 Paul Menard Ford Sylvania Dot-it / Menards 129.055 29.513 -0.968
41 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 128.841 29.562 -1.017
42 6 David Ragan+ Ford UPS 127.278 29.925 -1.380
43 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 129.283 29.461 -0.916
Did Not Qualify
44 175 Derrike Cope Dodge FlipnBags.com / EZPCBackup.com 127.053 29.978 -1.433
45 51 Dexter Bean Dodge Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Int'l 126.846 30.027 -1.482

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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