Another of Johnson and Earnhardt's team mates, Kasey Kahne, together with Sam Hornish Jr. - making a rare Cup start in a third Penske car on an off-week for the Nationwide Series in which he competes as a regular - round out the top ten.
Allmendinger's pole is good news not only for the driver and his team but also for the beleaguered Dodge marque, who face difficult questions about their future in the series after Penske announced earlier this year that they were to return to Ford for their engines from 2013. Dodge is the last of the three engine manufacturers to make it to a pole position this season.
Ironically given Penske's decision to change engine providers, Kansas proved a terrible venue for Ford-powered cars on Saturday. The highest-placed Ford car was championship points leader Greg Biffle in 17th and Matt Kenseth alongside him in 18th; Carl Edwards and David Gilliland were next best in 21st and 22nd positions.
Josh Wise was the fastest qualifying rookie in 38th place. Tim Andrews, Jeff Green and Tony Raines were the three drivers who failed to qualify for the 43-car grid on speed at the end of the session.
Full qualifying and practice times and positions