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Cup - Watkins Glen - Qualifying

Kyle Busch claimed pole position at Watkins Glen for Sunday's Sprint Cup race, with AJ Allmendinger starting alongside him and road course specialist Marcos Ambrose on the second row.
Kyle Busch proved that he can turn right just as capably as he can keep turning left by setting a record lap time at Watkins Glen International to clinch pole position for Sunday's 'Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen' Sprint Cup race.

His time of 69.767s (126.421mph) was two tenths of a second faster than AJ Allmendinger, who was the only other driver to dip under the 70s mark during Saturday morning's qualifying session. Road course specialist Marcos Ambrose starts on the second row in third place alongside reigning champion Jimmie Johnson.

Busch's team mate Denny Hamlin will start from the back after hitting the wall through turn 5 during his qualifying run. Dave Blaney, Brian Simo, PJ Jones all failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Qualifying

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 69.767s (Leader) 126.421mph
2. #43 AJ Allmendinger Ford 69.977s (-0.210) 126.041mph
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 70.009s (-0.242) 125.984mph
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 70.188s (-0.421) 125.662mph
5. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 70.193s (-0.426) 125.654mph
6. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 70.383s (-0.616) 125.314mph
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 70.426s (-0.659) 125.238mph
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 70.446s (-0.679) 125.202mph
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 70.578s (-0.811) 124.968mph
10. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 70.594s (-0.827) 124.940mph
11. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 70.608s (-0.841) 124.915mph
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 70.612s (-0.845) 124.908mph
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 70.614s (-0.847) 124.904mph
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 70.678s (-0.911) 124.791mph
15. #51 Boris Said Chevrolet 70.729s (-0.962) 124.701mph
16. #6 David Ragan Ford 70.815s (-1.048) 124.550mph
17. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 70.871s (-1.104) 124.451mph
18. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 71.130s (-1.363) 123.998mph
19. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 71.213s (-1.446) 123.854mph
20. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 71.312s (-1.545) 123.682mph
21. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 71.323s (-1.556) 123.663mph
22. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 71.339s (-1.572) 123.635mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 71.407s (-1.640) 123.517mph
24. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 71.413s (-1.646) 123.507mph
25. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 71.431s (-1.664) 123.476mph
26. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 71.443s (-1.676) 123.455mph
27. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 71.454s (-1.687) 123.436mph
28. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 71.456s (-1.689) 123.433mph
29. #37 Scott Speed Ford 71.487s (-1.720) 123.379mph
30. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 71.543s (-1.776) 123.283mph
31. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 71.605s (-1.838) 123.176mph
32. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 71.733s (-1.966) 122.956mph
33. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 71.733s (-1.966) 122.956mph
34. #150 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet 71.749s (-1.982) 122.928mph
35. #32 Andrew Ranger Ford 72.075s (-2.308) 122.372mph
36. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 72.179s (-2.412) 122.196mph
37. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 72.218s (-2.451) 122.130mph
38. #36 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 72.299s (-2.532) 121.993mph
39. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 72.497s (-2.730) 121.660mph
40. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 72.641s (-2.874) 121.419mph
41. #34 David Gilliland Ford 73.293s (-3.526) 120.339mph
42. #11 Denny Hamlin+ Toyota No time
43. #38 Terry Labonte Ford Champion's Provisional

Did Not Qualify

44. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 72.352s (-2.585) 121.904mph
45. #46 Brian Simo Ford 73.937s (-4.170) 119.291mph
46. #177 PJ Jones Dodge No time

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie



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