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Montoya wins pole in Fontana

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, March 25, 2011

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Juan Montoya
Juan Montoya found a quick cure for his qualifying woes Friday at Auto Club Speedway.

Montoya improved dramatically on his 23.5 average starting position this season in winning the Coors Light pole award for Sunday's Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race at the 2-mile track.

Turning a lap in 38.992 seconds (184.653 mph), Montoya was the only driver to break 39 seconds in time trials for the fifth race of the season. Denny Hamlin claimed the second starting spot with a lap at 184.270 mph.

Joey Logano (184.134) put his No. 20 Toyota in the third spot on the grid, and Regan Smith (184.030) improved his series-best qualifying average to 5.8 with a fourth-place effort.

Tony Stewart and David Ragan will start Sunday's race from the fifth and sixth spots, respectively.

Series points leader Kurt Busch will take the green flag from the 23rd position, with second-place Carl Edwards starting 18th.

Forty-three drivers made qualifying attempts, the fewest in the Cup series this season, but enough for a full field.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 184.653 38.992 Leader
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 184.270 39.073 -0.081
3 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 184.134 39.102 -0.110
4 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 184.030 39.124 -0.132
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 183.988 39.133 -0.141
6 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 183.692 39.196 -0.204
7 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 183.622 39.211 -0.219
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 183.482 39.241 -0.249
9 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 183.463 39.245 -0.253
10 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 183.449 39.248 -0.256
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 183.407 39.257 -0.265
12 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 183.243 39.292 -0.300
13 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 183.127 39.317 -0.325
14 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's / HP Partner of the Year 183.113 39.320 -0.328
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Serta / Menards 182.950 39.355 -0.363
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 182.932 39.359 -0.367
17 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration / Childress Inst. for Pediatric Trauma 182.899 39.366 -0.374
18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 182.797 39.388 -0.396
19 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 182.658 39.418 -0.426
20 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 182.519 39.448 -0.456
21 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 182.510 39.450 -0.458
22 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 182.366 39.481 -0.489
23 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Auto Club 182.039 39.552 -0.560
24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 181.910 39.580 -0.588
25 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 181.855 39.592 -0.600
26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 181.809 39.602 -0.610
27 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 181.804 39.603 -0.611
28 09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 181.694 39.627 -0.635
29 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 181.671 39.632 -0.640
30 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 181.534 39.662 -0.670
31 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Accell Construction 180.936 39.793 -0.801
32 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 180.786 39.826 -0.834
33 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 180.605 39.866 -0.874
34 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Little Debbie 180.338 39.925 -0.933
35 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy / Food 4 Less 180.279 39.938 -0.946
36 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 180.014 39.997 -1.005
37 34 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 179.699 40.067 -1.075
38 71 Andy Lally* Chevrolet Super Eco-Fuel Saver 178.958 40.233 -1.241
39 32 Ken Schrader Ford VA Mortgage Center 177.940 40.463 -1.471
40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 177.659 40.527 -1.535
41 60 Todd Bodine Toyota Big Red 176.557 40.780 -1.788
42 37 Tony Raines Ford Race Fuel Energy Drink 175.653 40.990 -1.998
43 46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Red Line Oil - - -

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