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Richmond Crown Royal 400 - Qualifying times

29 April 2011

Juan Montoya posted a 20.989s lap at Richmond International Raceway to claim his second pole position start of 2011 and his seventh Sprint Cup career pole.

"It's exciting. We unloaded this morning and it was a bit of a headache getting the car to run at the beginning," he said afterwards. "When we finally got it rolling, we actually felt like we had a pretty decent race car. It's always hard to judge. But we figured out we've got a decent car. In qualifying trim, it was really good."

Starting alongside him for Saturday evening's Crown Royal 400 will be Regan Smith who ran a 21.031s lap on the three-quarter mile D-shaped oval. The second place will be Smith's career-best Sprint Cup start in 104 appearances in the series and continues an excellent run of form that has seen him qualify in the top 10 in seven of 2011's nine races so far.

"We really wanted that first pole so we could get that out of the way," said Smith, no longer satisfied with 'just' second. "I got a little loose in turn four and that probably cost us the number one spot ... Fridays have sure been fun. But we need to take advantage of these strong qualifying efforts on race day. We're getting there and I am confident that we're heading in the right direction."

Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne form the second row of the grid. Third place is Bowyer's best start of the season so far and his third consecutive race start in the top ten. Current Sprint Cup points leader Carl Edwards will start from eighth spot, while last year's winner Kyle Busch qualified in 20th and defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is starting from even further back in 30th.

With 44 cars competing to make the 43-car grid, Brian Keselowski was the unlucky man left out in the cold. Keselowski - whose brother Brad qualified in seventh position - was returning to competition after gall bladder surgery.

Qualifying times

1. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 20.989s (Leader) 128.639mph
2. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 21.031s (-0.042) 128.382mph
3. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 21.049s (-0.060) 128.272mph
4. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 21.069s (-0.080) 128.150mph
5. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 21.085s (-0.096) 128.053mph
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21.092s (-0.103) 128.011mph
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 21.092s (-0.103) 128.011mph
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 21.093s (-0.104) 128.005mph
9. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 21.097s (-0.108) 127.980mph
10. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21.101s (-0.112) 127.956mph
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 21.130s (-0.141) 127.780mph
12. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 21.150s (-0.161) 127.660mph
13. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 21.181s (-0.192) 127.473mph
14. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 21.181s (-0.192) 127.473mph
15. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 21.184s (-0.195) 127.455mph
16. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 21.193s (-0.204) 127.401mph
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 21.201s (-0.212) 127.353mph
18. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 21.204s (-0.215) 127.335mph
19. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 21.204s (-0.215) 127.335mph
20. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 21.208s (-0.219) 127.310mph
21. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 21.209s (-0.220) 127.304mph
22. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 21.210s (-0.221) 127.298mph
23. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 21.238s (-0.249) 127.131mph
24. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 21.244s (-0.255) 127.095mph
25. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 21.252s (-0.263) 127.047mph
26. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 21.256s (-0.267) 127.023mph
27. #6 David Ragan Ford 21.257s (-0.268) 127.017mph
28. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 21.278s (-0.289) 126.892mph
29. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 21.279s (-0.290) 126.886mph
30. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 21.280s (-0.291) 126.880mph
31. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 21.308s (-0.319) 126.713mph
32. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 21.330s (-0.341) 126.582mph
33. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 21.362s (-0.373) 126.393mph
34. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 21.369s (-0.380) 126.351mph
35. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 21.383s (-0.394) 126.269mph
36. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 21.393s (-0.404) 126.210mph
37. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 21.397s (-0.408) 126.186mph
38. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 21.405s (-0.416) 126.139mph
39. #34 David Gilliland Ford 21.443s (-0.454) 125.915mph
40. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 21.516s (-0.527) 125.488mph
41. #71 Andy Lally Ford 21.629s (-0.640) 124.832mph
42. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 21.846s (-0.857) 123.592mph
43. #37 Tony Raines Ford 21.517s (-0.528) 125.482mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #192 Brian Keselowski Dodge 21.900s (-0.911) 123.288mph

Practice 2

1. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 21.538s (Leader) 125.360 mph
2. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 21.539s (-0.001) 125.354 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 21.575s (-0.037) 125.145 mph
4. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 21.623s (-0.085) 124.867 mph
5. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 21.708s (-0.170) 124.378 mph
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 21.727s (-0.189) 124.269 mph
7. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 21.732s (-0.194) 124.241 mph
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 21.734s (-0.196) 124.229 mph
9. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 21.759s (-0.221) 124.087 mph
10. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 21.760s (-0.222) 124.081 mph
11. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 21.783s (-0.245) 123.950 mph
12. #6 David Ragan Ford 21.788s (-0.250) 123.921 mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 21.799s (-0.261) 123.859 mph
14. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 21.811s (-0.273) 123.791 mph
15. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 21.814s (-0.276) 123.774 mph
16. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 21.818s (-0.280) 123.751 mph
17. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 21.824s (-0.286) 123.717 mph
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21.838s (-0.300) 123.638 mph
19. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 21.838s (-0.300) 123.638 mph
20. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 21.839s (-0.301) 123.632 mph
21. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 21.840s (-0.302) 123.626 mph
22. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 21.874s (-0.336) 123.434 mph
23. #34 David Gilliland Ford 21.880s (-0.342) 123.400 mph
24. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 21.911s (-0.373) 123.226 mph
25. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 21.915s (-0.377) 123.203 mph
26. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 21.916s (-0.378) 123.198 mph
27. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 21.923s (-0.385) 123.158 mph
28. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21.926s (-0.388) 123.142 mph
29. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 21.927s (-0.389) 123.136 mph
30. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 21.937s (-0.399) 123.080 mph
31. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 21.942s (-0.404) 123.052 mph
32. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 21.950s (-0.412) 123.007 mph
33. #71 Andy Lally Ford 21.972s (-0.434) 122.884 mph
34. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 22.021s (-0.483) 122.610 mph
35. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 22.051s (-0.513) 122.443 mph
36. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 22.052s (-0.514) 122.438 mph
37. #37 Tony Raines Ford 22.055s (-0.517) 122.421 mph
38. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 22.077s (-0.539) 122.299 mph
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 22.095s (-0.557) 122.200 mph
40. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 22.100s (-0.562) 122.172 mph
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 22.110s (-0.572) 122.117 mph
42. #192 Brian Keselowski Dodge 22.252s (-0.714) 121.337 mph
43. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 22.356s (-0.818) 120.773 mph
44. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 23.851s (-2.313) 113.203 mph

Practice 1

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 21.520s (Leader) 125.465 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 21.546s (-0.026) 125.313 mph
3. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 21.601s (-0.081) 124.994 mph
4. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21.650s (-0.130) 124.711 mph
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 21.668s (-0.148) 124.608 mph
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 21.698s (-0.178) 124.435 mph
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 21.712s (-0.192) 124.355 mph
8. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 21.723s (-0.203) 124.292 mph
9. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 21.796s (-0.276) 123.876 mph
10. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21.814s (-0.294) 123.774 mph
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 21.831s (-0.311) 123.677 mph
12. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 21.858s (-0.338) 123.525 mph
13. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 21.888s (-0.368) 123.355 mph
14. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 21.893s (-0.373) 123.327 mph
15. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 21.903s (-0.383) 123.271 mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 21.904s (-0.384) 123.265 mph
17. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 21.908s (-0.388) 123.243 mph
18. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 21.910s (-0.390) 123.231 mph
19. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 21.975s (-0.455) 122.867 mph
20. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 21.978s (-0.458) 122.850 mph
21. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 21.987s (-0.467) 122.800 mph
22. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 21.996s (-0.476) 122.750 mph
23. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 22.002s (-0.482) 122.716 mph
24. #6 David Ragan Ford 22.012s (-0.492) 122.660 mph
25. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 22.035s (-0.515) 122.532 mph
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 22.036s (-0.516) 122.527 mph
27. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 22.040s (-0.520) 122.505 mph
28. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 22.045s (-0.525) 122.477 mph
29. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 22.051s (-0.531) 122.443 mph
30. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 22.067s (-0.547) 122.355 mph
31. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 22.068s (-0.548) 122.349 mph
32. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 22.075s (-0.555) 122.310 mph
33. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 22.075s (-0.555) 122.310 mph
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 22.076s (-0.556) 122.305 mph
35. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 22.077s (-0.557) 122.299 mph
36. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 22.179s (-0.659) 121.737 mph
37. #34 David Gilliland Ford 22.192s (-0.672) 121.665 mph
38. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 22.239s (-0.719) 121.408 mph
39. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 22.256s (-0.736) 121.316 mph
40. #37 Tony Raines Ford 22.258s (-0.738) 121.305 mph
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 22.274s (-0.754) 121.218 mph
42. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 22.288s (-0.768) 121.141 mph
43. #192 Brian Keselowski Dodge 22.327s (-0.807) 120.930 mph
44. #71 Andy Lally Ford 22.484s (-0.964) 120.085 mph


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