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Sprint Cup - Charlotte - Qualifying & practice

Brad Keselowski picked up pole position for Sunday's Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup endurance race, with AJ Allmendinger starting on the front row for his second consecutive Cup race.
Brad Keselowski picked up his second career pole in 65 starts with a lap of 28.112s around the 1.5 mile oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway, ahead of this weekend's gruelling endurance Coca Cola 600 race on Sunday afternoon.

Keselowski is the ninth different pole winner in 11 qualifying sessions this season, with Dover having been washed out. He couldn't resist a cheeky dig at Kyle Busch's police problems earlier this week when he said "Well, my crew chief Paul Wolfe, he lives off of Perth Road, so maybe he found some secrets there" a reference to the street where Busch was clocked doing 128mph in a 45mph zone. Busch himself qualified 21st for Sunday's race.

AJ Allmendinger starts on the front row again, having been there for the last Sprint Cup points race as well as last weekend's Sprint Showdown exhibition event. Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin form a threatening second row, with Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson lining up being them on the third row. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start in an impressive 9th in his Sprint Cup d├ębut.

Paul Menard is driving injured, having sustained a cut to his right foot in a home accident that required 20 stitches and left him on crutches to and from the car. Menard says he's not in pain, but doctors have advised him against doing anything that could rip the stitches.

Andy Lally, T.J. Bell, Scott Wimmer, Tony Raines and Scott Riggs all failed to qualify

Qualifying times

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.112s (Leader) 192.089mph
2. #43 AJ Allmendinger Ford 28.170s (-0.058) 191.693mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.171s (-0.059) 191.686mph
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.218s (-0.106) 191.367mph
5. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.236s (-0.124) 191.245mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.262s (-0.150) 191.069mph
7. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 28.284s (-0.172) 190.921mph
8. #6 David Ragan Ford 28.302s (-0.190) 190.799mph
9. #21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.309s (-0.197) 190.752mph
10. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 28.316s (-0.204) 190.705mph
11. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.331s (-0.219) 190.604mph
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.337s (-0.225) 190.564mph
13. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.360s (-0.248) 190.409mph
14. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.391s (-0.279) 190.201mph
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.397s (-0.285) 190.161mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.411s (-0.299) 190.067mph
17. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 28.437s (-0.325) 189.893mph
18. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.441s (-0.329) 189.867mph
19. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.442s (-0.330) 189.860mph
20. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.456s (-0.344) 189.767mph
21. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.505s (-0.393) 189.440mph
22. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.509s (-0.397) 189.414mph
23. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.523s (-0.411) 189.321mph
24. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.528s (-0.416) 189.288mph
25. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.581s (-0.469) 188.937mph
26. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 28.595s (-0.483) 188.844mph
27. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.624s (-0.512) 188.653mph
28. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.660s (-0.548) 188.416mph
29. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.699s (-0.587) 188.160mph
30. #34 David Gilliland Ford 28.716s (-0.604) 188.048mph
31. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 28.725s (-0.613) 187.990mph
32. #195 David Starr Ford 28.732s (-0.620) 187.944mph
33. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 28.772s (-0.660) 187.682mph
34. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 28.798s (-0.686) 187.513mph
35. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.846s (-0.734) 187.201mph
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.851s (-0.739) 187.169mph
37. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 28.878s (-0.766) 186.994mph
38. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 28.890s (-0.778) 186.916mph
39. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 28.968s (-0.856) 186.413mph
40. #09 Landon Cassill+ Chevrolet 29.100s (-0.988) 185.567mph
41. #7 Robby Gordon+ Dodge 29.224s (-1.112) 184.780mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet 29.264s (-1.152) 184.527mph
43. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 28.912s (-0.800) 186.774mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 28.931s (-0.819) 186.651mph
45. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 28.944s (-0.832) 186.567mph
46. #177 Scott Wimmer Dodge 28.999s (-0.887) 186.213mph
47. #37 Tony Raines Ford 29.271s (-1.159) 184.483mph
48. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.391s (-1.279) 183.730mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Practice 1 times

1. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.635s (Leader) 188.580 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.719s (-0.084) 188.029 mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.722s (-0.087) 188.009 mph
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.728s (-0.093) 187.970 mph
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.765s (-0.130) 187.728 mph
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.773s (-0.138) 187.676 mph
7. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 28.781s (-0.146) 187.624 mph
8. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 28.804s (-0.169) 187.474 mph
9. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 28.806s (-0.171) 187.461 mph
10. #43 AJ Allmendinger Ford 28.821s (-0.186) 187.363 mph
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.827s (-0.192) 187.324 mph
12. #21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.827s (-0.192) 187.324 mph
13. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.838s (-0.203) 187.253 mph
14. #6 David Ragan Ford 28.839s (-0.204) 187.246 mph
15. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.840s (-0.205) 187.240 mph
16. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.846s (-0.211) 187.201 mph
17. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.862s (-0.227) 187.097 mph
18. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 28.887s (-0.252) 186.935 mph
19. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.891s (-0.256) 186.909 mph
20. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.891s (-0.256) 186.909 mph
21. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.896s (-0.261) 186.877 mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.927s (-0.292) 186.677 mph
23. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.934s (-0.299) 186.632 mph
24. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.939s (-0.304) 186.599 mph
25. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.948s (-0.313) 186.541 mph
26. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.949s (-0.314) 186.535 mph
27. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.964s (-0.329) 186.438 mph
28. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.026s (-0.391) 186.040 mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.046s (-0.411) 185.912 mph
30. #34 David Gilliland Ford 29.067s (-0.432) 185.778 mph
31. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.082s (-0.447) 185.682 mph
32. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 29.095s (-0.460) 185.599 mph
33. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 29.120s (-0.485) 185.440 mph
34. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.147s (-0.512) 185.268 mph
35. #195 David Starr Ford 29.272s (-0.637) 184.477 mph
36. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 29.310s (-0.675) 184.238 mph
37. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 29.338s (-0.703) 184.062 mph
38. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 29.350s (-0.715) 183.986 mph
39. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 29.383s (-0.748) 183.780 mph
40. #177 Scott Wimmer Dodge 29.393s (-0.758) 183.717 mph
41. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 29.404s (-0.769) 183.648 mph
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.410s (-0.775) 183.611 mph
43. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.435s (-0.800) 183.455 mph
44. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.474s (-0.839) 183.212 mph
45. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 29.537s (-0.902) 182.822 mph
46. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.570s (-0.935) 182.617 mph
47. #37 Tony Raines Ford 29.830s (-1.195) 181.026 mph
48. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.961s (-1.326) 180.234 mph



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