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Montoya makes it back-to-back poles

Currently he has one win in 2012, but Jeff Gordon's win last week at Pocono bumped Busch out of a wild card position. "Us having one win, Jeff Gordon having one win — that's who I feel like we're really racing, is the #24 car. If we pass him back in points, obviously that will get us back in the Chase," confirmed Busch. "To lock, three is a lock, but you can have two and just try to keep yourselves in front of the guys that do have one win in case they do get a win."

Jimmie Johnson - still smarting from the late-race accident last week at Pocono that cost him a seemingly certain victory - will line up on the second row of the grid alongside Brad Keselowski.

“It was a good lap," said Johnson. "In turn 6 through the Carousel I had a moment and a slide that I think I lost a fair chunk of time on. It's tough to get a perfect lap around any road course. I wish that I didn't slide that much because I feel like I could have been on the pole. But it was a great effort and I feel really solid about our car come race time."

"We haven't qualified well this year but today was a great effort," said Keselowski of his own qualifying run. "Track position is key on road courses especially at a fast place like The Glen. I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get the pole. I'm positive I could have squeezed another tenth out of it for sure. We'll take it. We can see the front and will have a good pit selection. Our car is fast."

On the third row of the grid, Marcos Ambrose - like Montoya, another road course specialist by virtue of his Australian V8 sportscar experience - will line up alongside Ryan Newman, whose boss Tony Stewart will start immediately behind them in seventh place alongside Clint Bowyer.

"I made a mistake in turn six and just didn't quite have enough rear grip there," said Ambrose about his run. That's okay. We've got a great race car and we'll just play the strategy game and see what comes out of it. I feel great about tomorrow, I feel really good about it."

Ambrose won at Watkins Glen in 2011 and is hoping for some momentum from that experience to help take him to the front again this weekend.

"We're not too far from where we were last year," he said. "Obviously, they've changed the rules some on the rear roll bar and side skirts, so we've made some adjustments to it, but we were still too free there for that hot track."

With 43 cars entered for this weekend's race, all drivers made the field for the start of the race - even Travis Kvapil, who crashed in turn 7 on his qualifying run and didn't set a time.

Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton were sent to their backup cars on Friday after a practice accident left their primary cars with heavy damage. Both drivers spun off on oil laid down by Patrick Long's engine blow-up.




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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. [Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Juan Pablo Montoya poses with his son Sebastian and Miss Coors Light after winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series` Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen International. (Photo Credit: By Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 29, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finished fifth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, finished fourth and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, finished twelfth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Doublemint Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, qualified for seventh position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Busch is 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualified for sixth position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Johnson is seventh in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, qualified for second position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmie John`s Chevrolet SS, won the pole position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Harvick is sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, poses with the pole award after qualifying fastest for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, poses with his wife DeLana, son Keelan, and the pole award after qualifying fastest for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

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