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Truex on Dover pole, Busch second

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, October 01, 2011

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Martin Truex
Martin Truex Jr. returned to the site of his only Cup Series victory and found success again Saturday afternoon, winning the pole for Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Truex, who claimed his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and the sixth of his career, will start the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup next to Kurt Busch, the highest qualifying driver eligible for the championship.

Truex turned a lap at 159.004 mph (22.641 seconds) to edge Busch (158.983 mph) for the top starting spot. Paul Menard (158.667 mph) qualified third, followed by Chase drivers Carl Edwards (158.555 mph) and Kyle Busch (158.548 mph).

Chase leader Tony Stewart will start 28th. Kevin Harvick, second in the standings, seven points behind Stewart, starts 22nd.

Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 159.004 22.641 Leader
2 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 158.982 22.644 -0.003
3 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 158.667 22.689 -0.048
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 158.555 22.705 -0.064
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 158.548 22.706 -0.065
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 158.507 22.712 -0.071
7 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 158.430 22.723 -0.082
8 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Grilling.com / Kingsford 158.325 22.738 -0.097
9 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 158.283 22.744 -0.103
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Cubitron 158.165 22.761 -0.120
11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 157.888 22.801 -0.160
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 157.715 22.826 -0.185
13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 157.694 22.829 -0.188
14 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 157.680 22.831 -0.190
15 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 157.673 22.832 -0.191
16 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 157.673 22.832 -0.191
17 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 157.556 22.849 -0.208
18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 157.501 22.857 -0.216
19 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 157.439 22.866 -0.225
20 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army ROTC 157.356 22.878 -0.237
21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 157.198 22.901 -0.260
22 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem "Chasing the Cure" 157.171 22.905 -0.264
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 157.041 22.924 -0.283
24 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 156.965 22.935 -0.294
25 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 156.822 22.956 -0.315
26 37 Josh Wise Ford Max Q Motorsports 156.794 22.960 -0.319
27 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 156.767 22.964 -0.323
28 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 156.760 22.965 -0.324
29 46 Scott Speed Ford Red Line Oil / International Trucks 156.488 23.005 -0.364
30 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 156.433 23.013 -0.372
31 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 156.250 23.040 -0.399
32 55 Travis Kvapil Ford Front Row Motorsports 156.230 23.043 -0.402
33 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 156.060 23.068 -0.427
34 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 155.966 23.082 -0.441
35 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 155.864 23.097 -0.456
36 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 155.709 23.120 -0.479
37 71 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 155.629 23.132 -0.491
38 7 Reed Sorenson Dodge Speed Energy / Mapei / Menards 155.602 23.136 -0.495
39 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 155.454 23.158 -0.517
40 32 Mike Bliss Ford Street King 155.373 23.170 -0.529
41 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 154.992 23.227 -0.586
42 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 154.752 23.263 -0.622
43 38 J.J. Yeley Ford Drive Sober, Arrive Alive 154.686 23.273 -0.632
44 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 153.820 23.404 -0.763

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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