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AJ Allmendinger on Kansas Pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Allmendinger on pole
AJ Allmendinger will start the No. 22 AAA Dodge from the pole position in Sunday’s STP 400 after clocking a fast lap time of 175.993 mph at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. The pole position is Allmendinger’s second NASCAR Sprint Cup Pole (Phoenix, 2010), and his first since joining the Penske Racing organization ahead of the 2012 season.

Allmendinger has scored three consecutive top-15 finishes heading into the Kansas Speedway event, and will look to continue his upward momentum in the points standings as he enters the race weekend 19th in the championship.

Allmendinger scored his first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup top-ten result at Kansas in 2008.

“I put so much pressure on my shoulders to perform--this group is used to winning poles and races, so I really want to perform at that level,” said Allmendinger. “This is great, but we all know that Sunday is the important day and we’ve got to have 400 good miles tomorrow. But more than anything, this is a great way for us to keep building momentum. I’m so happy to be a part of this Penske Racing organization and we know the bigger picture is tomorrow, and that Sunday is the important day.”

The STP 400 will be broadcast live on FOX starting 12:30 PM ET.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge AAA 175.993 30.683 Leader
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 175.747 30.726 -0.043
3 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 175.724 30.730 -0.047
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 175.667 30.740 -0.057
5 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 175.484 30.772 -0.089
6 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 175.444 30.779 -0.096
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 175.313 30.802 -0.119
8 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 175.302 30.804 -0.121
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 175.092 30.841 -0.158
10 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge SKF 175.086 30.842 -0.159
11 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 175.063 30.846 -0.163
12 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 174.927 30.870 -0.187
13 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 174.887 30.877 -0.194
14 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 174.876 30.879 -0.196
15 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's "Chevrolet Mountain Green" 174.803 30.892 -0.209
16 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Cavell Construction 174.803 30.892 -0.209
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Novec 1230 174.706 30.909 -0.226
18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 174.486 30.948 -0.265
19 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Zecol / Menards 174.323 30.977 -0.294
20 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 174.261 30.988 -0.305
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 174.244 30.991 -0.308
22 38 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 174.171 31.004 -0.321
23 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 174.143 31.009 -0.326
24 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 174.031 31.029 -0.346
25 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 174.020 31.031 -0.348
26 43 Aric Almirola Ford STP 174.003 31.034 -0.351
27 34 David Ragan Ford Barrett-Jackson 173.947 31.044 -0.361
28 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 173.863 31.059 -0.376
29 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 173.756 31.078 -0.395
30 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Reese Towpower / Highland 173.745 31.080 -0.397
31 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota JPO Absorbents 173.516 31.121 -0.438
32 83 Landon Cassill Toyota BK Strawberry Banana Smoothie / Dr Pepper 173.388 31.144 -0.461
33 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 173.383 31.145 -0.462
34 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 173.249 31.169 -0.486
35 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota BK Tropical Mango Smoothie / Dr Pepper 173.221 31.174 -0.491
36 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 173.182 31.181 -0.498
37 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 173.155 31.186 -0.503
38 26 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver's Service 172.756 31.258 -0.575
39 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 172.507 31.303 -0.620
40 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 171.986 31.398 -0.715
41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 171.625 31.464 -0.781
42 32 Reed Sorenson+ Ford FAS Lane Racing 170.057 31.754 -1.071
43 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 171.396 31.506 -0.823
- - Did Not Qualify - - - - -
44 179 Tim Andrews Ford BBI Waste Industries / Bestway Disposal 170.989 31.581 -0.898
45 33 Jeff Green Chevrolet Little Joe's Autos 169.769 31.808 -1.125
46 74 Tony Raines Chevrolet Turn One Racing 169.444 31.869 -1.186

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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