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Montoya on a roll with the pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup pole qualifying at The Glen
Saturday, August 11, 2012

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Juan Montoya
Adriano Manocchia
Juan Pablo Montoya will lead the field to the green in Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup race held at Watkins Glen International. Behind the wheel of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, Montoya posted a new track record of 127.020 mph, collected his second consecutive pole position of the season, and earned his ninth Cup career pole.  Montoya’s time beat the second place qualifier, Kyle Busch (Toyota) by five one-hundredths of a second.

Kyle Busch will start 2nd for Toyota followed by Jimmie Johnson in his Hendrick Chevy.  Brad Keselowski (Dodge) and Marcos Ambrose (Ford) round out the top-5.

Sam Hornish, who won the pole for the Nationwide race, could only manage 17th fastest in Cup qualifying.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 127.020 69.438 Leader
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 126.928 69.488 -0.050
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's Cortez Silver 126.925 69.490 -0.052
4 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 126.626 69.654 -0.216
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 126.524 69.710 -0.272
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 126.312 69.827 -0.389
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 126.150 69.917 -0.479
8 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 126.061 69.966 -0.528
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 126.049 69.973 -0.535
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 125.959 70.023 -0.585
11 98 Michael McDowell Ford TRAQM.com 125.713 70.160 -0.722
12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 125.643 70.199 -0.761
13 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 125.612 70.216 -0.778
14 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 125.518 70.269 -0.831
15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 125.516 70.270 -0.832
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 125.500 70.279 -0.841
17 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 125.420 70.324 -0.886
18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 125.409 70.330 -0.892
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 125.389 70.341 -0.903
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 125.339 70.369 -0.931
21 195 Scott Speed Ford TWD 125.334 70.372 -0.934
22 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Rheem 125.199 70.448 -1.010
23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 125.080 70.515 -1.077
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 124.917 70.607 -1.169
25 32 Boris Said Ford HendrickCars.com 124.791 70.678 -1.240
26 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Miller Welders / Freightliner 124.715 70.721 -1.283
27 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 124.455 70.869 -1.431
28 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 124.208 71.010 -1.572
29 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 124.187 71.022 -1.584
30 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 124.131 71.054 -1.616
31 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 124.108 71.067 -1.629
32 34 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Coatings / Al's Liners 123.868 71.205 -1.767
33 55 Brian Vickers Toyota My Classic Garage 123.710 71.296 -1.858
34 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 123.576 71.373 -1.935
35 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 123.471 71.434 -1.996
36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota Genny Light / AM-FM Energy 123.436 71.454 -2.016
37 10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 123.270 71.550 -2.112
38 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 122.531 71.982 -2.544
39 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 122.335 72.097 -2.659
40 119 Chris Cook Toyota Plinker Tactical 118.879 74.193 -4.755
41 249 Jason Leffler Toyota America Israel Racing 118.742 74.279 -4.841
42 30 Patrick Long Toyota Inception Motorsports 117.551 75.031 -5.593
43 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper - - -

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

POST QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPTS:
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET – POLE WINNER

BACK-TO-BACK POLES FOR YOU AND A NEW TRACK RECORD. TALK ABOUT THE LAP AND EXPECTATIONS TOMORROW AS WELL:
“I think the lap was a really good lap.  You always make mistakes here and there.  It’s never perfect.  You always think I went too far here, I went too little there, I lost it there, but I think everybody does.  It’s about how well you can put it all together.  I thought we did a pretty good job of that.  I think everybody on the Target Chevy organization has been working really well even with the No. 1 car we are working really well together.  I think it’s paying off.  I think tomorrow’s race I think we are going to have a decent car.  I think we are looking for a lot more consistency than ultimate speed.  I will tell you the truth I was kind of shocked at how quick, we had an oil leak this morning and we lost like a half-hour of practice just changing the radiators and everything.  We put it in qualifying trim right at the end just to get an idea what the car was going to do and it was quick.  I was kind of happy.”

LAST WEEK YOU SAID THE POLE WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE WOULD IT BE CORRECT TO ASSUME THAT THIS ONE WAS NOT A SURPRISE?
“No this one, I will tell you the truth, when I’m going to Sonoma it was my best qualifying there and it wasn’t a great lap we were really loose through the esses and we struggled all day through the esses.  I felt that we made a lot of gains on the car and we did only one test.  We did a one-day test at VIR (Virginia International Raceway).  I felt we gained a lot on the understanding of the car and what we needed to do.  Here we made a few changes from what we had before and made it a lot better.  I was pretty pleased.  It seems lately I can push the car a lot more.  It’s like I’m not just driving it around the last couple of weeks it feels I can actually push the car and use it and get more out of the car.  It’s nice.”

CAN YOU COMPARE YOUR OUTLOOK TO THIS RACE COMPARED TO LAST WEEK WHEN YOU SAT ON THE POLE AS WELL?
“Last week I knew we were going to struggle.  Our race pace in practice was horrible.  When we went out and put it on pole it was like ‘yes, how does that happen’ (laughs).  This week we generally have been good all weekend.  I think like we did the Michigan test and I felt we gained a lot on the car.  We put some more in it in Pocono and we ran better.  We missed the race set-up completely and we knew we did.  From when I went into turn one the first lap I knew it was going to be a long day.  We work on it we make it… work as hard as we can to make it better and see what it brings.  I think this week; I think we can contend you know what I mean.  A few guys are really strong and you really have to as Kyle (Busch) said you’ve got to run your own race, save the brakes.  Having track position is a good thing because you just do it smart and see what it brings you and you go from there.”

DO YOU THINK YOUR STRATEGY WILL JUST INCLUDE TWO STOPS TOMORROW?
“It depends.  We haven’t talked about it yet, but I assume so.  Last year we did three, I don’t know why we did three, but if it’s three and we’ve got to pass half of the field, we will pass half of the field.  It is what it is.  If you’ve got a good car and the sacrifice of having a good car is making three stops we will do three stops.  You know you’ve got cautions and we will have better tires and see what happens.”

LAST WEEK JEFF GORDON WON AT POCONO AND WENT FROM BASICALLY NOWHERE TO THE SECOND WILD CARD SPOT.  IF YOU WERE TO WIN THIS RACE TOMORROW WOULD IT BE TOO FAR FETCHED TO PUT YOU IN THAT POSITION?
“No, we were talking about it.  I mean even if we don’t win tomorrow we believe that with the things that we have found lately maybe we still don’t have the fastest car there but if you play the strategy right you know might come on fuel or something you might go into Richmond with a chance of making the Chase.  It would be shocking, but it would be awesome.”

WE ALWAYS SAY THIS IS GOING TO BE THE YEAR THAT YOU ARE GOING TO WIN ON AN OVAL.
“I know it’s hard with our cars the way they run this year.  It’s like I think today we have a good car were going to win and when we don’t we don’t.  Same thing we come to a road course everybody expects you to win, yeah I have an advantage because of my background, but the good cars run here as well as they run on the ovals.  The cars run as well here as in ovals.  I don’t think about it.  We go out there every week to do the best we can and the best is winning we are going to be winning.  If it’s finishing 20th we are going to finish 20th, it sucks to finish 20th.  I’m a guy that likes winning and I’m a guy that my whole life I raced to win.  The last couple of years have been really frustrating, but the only thing you can do is make sure you work the hardest you can and if the work with the right people like we have been doing this year I think we are going to get a good direction on the team and we will be fine.”

IS THERE AN OVAL YOU FEEL PERHAPS MORE COMFORTABLE ON THAN OTHERS?
“I’ll tell you the truth, when the car works well you look like a hero anywhere.  You do, when the car sucks you are going to look as bad as anybody and when the car is great you are going to look as good as anybody.”

A QUICK UPDATE ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ‘SHINE’ (CHRIS HEROY, CREW CHIEF):
“It’s great.  It’s always been really good.  We have our up and downs, but I told him from day one there are days I’m going to be mad at you and I’m going to tell you what I think and I’m probably not even going to mean it.  We understand each other really well.  He gets mad as well.  He’s very passionate and I think that is a really good thing.”

IT COULD BE HIS BIRTHDAY PRESENT:
“I know it’s a good start for his birthday weekend.”

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