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Busch storms to first pole at Watkins Glen

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, August 13, 2011

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Kyle Busch puts his Toyota on pole
Adriano Manocchia/AR1.com
Kyle Busch showed the road course aces at Watkins Glen International that he has developed mastery of the road courses, too.

With a lap at 126.421 mph, Busch, the last driver to make a qualifying attempt in Saturday's time trials, knocked A.J. 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 Montoya (125.654 mph), last year's race winner, will start fifth in the 22nd Sprint Cup race of the season.

Busch earned the eighth pole award of his career and his first 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.

Lineup

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 126.421 69.767 Leader
2 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 126.041 69.977 -0.210
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 125.984 70.009 -0.242
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 125.662 70.188 -0.421
5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 125.654 70.193 -0.426
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 125.314 70.383 -0.616
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 125.238 70.426 -0.659
8 99 Carl Edwards Ford Ortho Home Defense Max 125.202 70.446 -0.679
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 124.968 70.578 -0.811
10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 124.940 70.594 -0.827
11 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota CapitalDPO 124.915 70.608 -0.841
12 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 124.908 70.612 -0.845
13 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 124.904 70.614 -0.847
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 124.791 70.678 -0.911
15 51 Boris Said Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / Thank A Teacher Today-Security Benefit 124.701 70.729 -0.962
16 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 124.550 70.815 -1.048
17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 124.451 70.871 -1.104
18 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 123.998 71.130 -1.363
19 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 123.854 71.213 -1.446
20 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 123.682 71.312 -1.545
21 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 123.663 71.323 -1.556
22 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 123.635 71.339 -1.572
23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 123.517 71.407 -1.640
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 123.507 71.413 -1.646
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 123.476 71.431 -1.664
26 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 123.455 71.443 -1.676
27 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 123.436 71.454 -1.687
28 16 Greg Biffle Ford Valvoline 123.433 71.456 -1.689
29 37 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 123.379 71.487 -1.720
30 55 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 123.283 71.543 -1.776
31 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 123.176 71.605 -1.838
32 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 122.956 71.733 -1.966
33 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 122.956 71.733 -1.966
34 150 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet Green Smoke 122.928 71.749 -1.982
35 32 Andrew Ranger Ford Bully Hill Vineyards 122.372 72.075 -2.308
36 71 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 122.196 72.179 -2.412
37 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 122.130 72.218 -2.451
38 36 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Golden Corral 121.993 72.299 -2.532
39 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 121.660 72.497 -2.730
40 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 121.419 72.641 -2.874
41 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 120.339 73.293 -3.526
42 11 Denny Hamlin+ Toyota FedEx Ground - - -
43 38 Terry Labonte Ford Long John Silver's Champion's Provisional
- - Did Not Qualify - - - - -
44 135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 121.904 72.352 -2.585
45 46 Brian Simo Ford Fisher Nuts 119.291 73.937 -4.170
46 177 P.J. Jones Dodge Speed Energy / GNC - - -

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