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AJ Wins First Sprint Cup Pole in Phoenix

NASCAR
Friday, April 09, 2010

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AJ Allmendinger
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AJ Allmendinger scored the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Pole position of his career with a fast lap time of 134.675 mph at Phoenix International Raceway for Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 600. The qualifying effort is the best of AJ’s young NASCAR career to date, and continues the momentum for AJ in his first season driving the famed No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports.

“We've been getting better on Fridays and Saturdays, but definitely have been improving. I'm really proud of the hard work Mike (Shiplett) and the 43 guys have been putting in to keep getting more consistent,” said AJ. “But we're looking at the big picture, so we'll take this as a small victory to give RPM, my guys, Valvoline and Best Buy. We want to be here in this position on Sundays-or Saturday in this case! That's what we're focusing on, but will definitely enjoy the rest of the evening!”

Allmendinger scored 13th at Phoenix in just his second race with Ford power in 2009, and will look to go even stronger as the NASCAR Sprint Cup stages a Saturday night shootout out West.

Race Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Valvoline 134.675 26.731 Leader
2 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 134.374 26.791 -0.060
3 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 134.198 26.826 -0.095
4 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Bush's Beans 133.814 26.903 -0.172
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 133.640 26.938 -0.207
6 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 133.427 26.981 -0.250
7 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 133.338 26.999 -0.268
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 133.294 27.008 -0.277
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 133.254 27.016 -0.285
10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 133.249 27.017 -0.286
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot "Greener Shipping" / Old Spice 133.215 27.024 -0.293
12 66 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 133.136 27.040 -0.309
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 133.126 27.042 -0.311
14 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 133.013 27.065 -0.334
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 132.974 27.073 -0.342
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 132.905 27.087 -0.356
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 132.890 27.090 -0.359
18 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota PetSmart / 21st Century "The Future of Pet Health" 132.871 27.094 -0.363
19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 132.817 27.105 -0.374
20 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 132.792 27.110 -0.379
21 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 132.787 27.111 -0.380
22 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Abyss by Mobigloo 132.748 27.119 -0.388
23 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 132.734 27.122 -0.391
24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 132.719 27.125 -0.394
25 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 132.607 27.148 -0.417
26 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office / March of Dimes 132.572 27.155 -0.424
27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black 132.504 27.169 -0.438
28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 132.441 27.182 -0.451
29 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 132.324 27.206 -0.475
30 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 132.299 27.211 -0.480
31 55 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 132.222 27.227 -0.496
32 98 Paul Menard Ford Moen / Menards 132.163 27.239 -0.508
33 7 Robby Gordon Toyota BAMVIP.com / Blake Shelton 132.057 27.261 -0.530
34 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 131.984 27.276 -0.545
35 190 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Keyed-Up Motorsports 131.868 27.300 -0.569
36 37 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 131.829 27.308 -0.577
37 135 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 131.593 27.357 -0.626
38 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 131.339 27.410 -0.679
39 00 David Reutimann Toyota Best Western 130.719 27.540 -0.809
40 71 Bobby Labonte+ Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 130.109 27.669 -0.938
41 34 Travis Kvapil+ Ford Long John Silver's 129.908 27.712 -0.981
42 38 Kevin Conway+* Ford Extenze 127.542 28.226 -1.495
43 46 Terry Cook* Dodge Whitney Motorsports 131.569 27.362 -0.631
DNQ
44 26 David Stremme Ford Air National Guard 131.425 27.392 -0.661
45 09 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / GracewayPharmaceuticals 131.052 27.470 -0.739
46 36 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 130.676 27.549 -0.818
47 102 Brandon Ash Dodge Start Natural Energy Drink 128.811 27.948 -1.217

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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