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Cup - Phoenix - Qualifying times

Matt Kenseth took pole position for the Sunday's Cup race in Phoenix, with title rivals Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart starting close together in the top ten.
Matt Kenseth claimed pole position for the Sunday afternoon Kobalt Tools 500 Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway with a qualifying lap of 26.258s over a second faster that AJ Allmendinger who will start alongside him on the front row for the race.

Chase rivals Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards qualified in eighth and ninth respectively as they looked set to take their neck-and-neck battle for the title all the way to the end of the season.

Kyle Busch had a subdued return to the Cup field and qualified down in 34th place.

Qualifying times

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 26.258s (Leader) 137.101mph
2. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 26.384s (-0.126) 136.446mph
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26.411s (-0.153) 136.307mph
4. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 26.455s (-0.197) 136.080mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 26.455s (-0.197) 136.080mph
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26.469s (-0.211) 136.008mph
7. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 26.473s (-0.215) 135.988mph
8. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 26.488s (-0.230) 135.911mph
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 26.529s (-0.271) 135.701mph
10. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 26.534s (-0.276) 135.675mph
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 26.547s (-0.289) 135.609mph
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 26.585s (-0.327) 135.415mph
13. #6 David Ragan Ford 26.588s (-0.330) 135.399mph
14. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 26.608s (-0.350) 135.298mph
15. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 26.613s (-0.355) 135.272mph
16. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 26.618s (-0.360) 135.247mph
17. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 26.622s (-0.364) 135.227mph
18. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 26.624s (-0.366) 135.216mph
19. #84 Cole Whitt Toyota 26.625s (-0.367) 135.211mph
20. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 26.630s (-0.372) 135.186mph
21. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 26.631s (-0.373) 135.181mph
22. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 26.634s (-0.376) 135.166mph
23. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 26.689s (-0.431) 134.887mph
24. #46 Scott Speed Ford 26.694s (-0.436) 134.862mph
25. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 26.696s (-0.438) 134.852mph
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 26.704s (-0.446) 134.811mph
27. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 26.715s (-0.457) 134.756mph
28. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 26.751s (-0.493) 134.574mph
29. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 26.756s (-0.498) 134.549mph
30. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 26.764s (-0.506) 134.509mph
31. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 26.793s (-0.535) 134.363mph
32. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 26.837s (-0.579) 134.143mph
33. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 26.850s (-0.592) 134.078mph
34. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 26.936s (-0.678) 133.650mph
35. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 26.979s (-0.721) 133.437mph
36. #37 Mike Skinner Ford 27.023s (-0.765) 133.220mph
37. #55 Travis Kvapil Ford 27.040s (-0.782) 133.136mph
38. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 27.062s (-0.804) 133.028mph
39. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 27.184s (-0.926) 132.431mph
40. #36 Geoffrey Bodine+ Chevrolet 27.417s (-1.159) 131.305mph
41. #38 J.J. Yeley+ Ford 27.911s (-1.653) 128.981mph
42. #34 David Gilliland+ Ford 29.252s (-2.994) 123.068mph
43. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 27.157s (-0.899) 132.562mph
Did Not Qualify
44. #123 Scott Riggs Toyota 27.336s (-1.078) 131.695mph
45. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 27.355s (-1.097) 131.603mph
46. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 28.215s (-1.957) 127.592mph

Practice 2

1. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 25.510s (Leader) 141.121 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 25.582s (-0.072) 140.724 mph
3. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 25.648s (-0.138) 140.362 mph
4. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 25.719s (-0.209) 139.974 mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 25.741s (-0.231) 139.855 mph
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 25.821s (-0.311) 139.421 mph
7. #6 David Ragan Ford 25.864s (-0.354) 139.190 mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 25.870s (-0.360) 139.157 mph
9. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 25.884s (-0.374) 139.082 mph
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 25.889s (-0.379) 139.055 mph
11. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 25.894s (-0.384) 139.028 mph
12. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 25.895s (-0.385) 139.023 mph
13. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 25.905s (-0.395) 138.969 mph
14. #46 Scott Speed Ford 25.908s (-0.398) 138.953 mph
15. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 25.917s (-0.407) 138.905 mph
16. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 25.922s (-0.412) 138.878 mph
17. #34 David Gilliland Ford 25.945s (-0.435) 138.755 mph
18. #84 Cole Whitt Toyota 25.976s (-0.466) 138.589 mph
19. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 25.992s (-0.482) 138.504 mph
20. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 26.026s (-0.516) 138.323 mph
21. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 26.039s (-0.529) 138.254 mph
22. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 26.045s (-0.535) 138.222 mph
23. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 26.067s (-0.557) 138.106 mph
24. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 26.092s (-0.582) 137.973 mph
25. #55 Travis Kvapil Ford 26.126s (-0.616) 137.794 mph
26. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 26.129s (-0.619) 137.778 mph
27. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 26.134s (-0.624) 137.752 mph
28. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 26.137s (-0.627) 137.736 mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 26.149s (-0.639) 137.673 mph
30. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 26.157s (-0.647) 137.630 mph
31. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 26.182s (-0.672) 137.499 mph
32. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 26.187s (-0.677) 137.473 mph
33. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 26.188s (-0.678) 137.467 mph
34. #37 Mike Skinner Ford 26.199s (-0.689) 137.410 mph
35. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 26.207s (-0.697) 137.368 mph
36. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 26.243s (-0.733) 137.179 mph
37. #123 Scott Riggs Toyota 26.250s (-0.740) 137.143 mph
38. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 26.251s (-0.741) 137.138 mph
39. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 26.265s (-0.755) 137.064 mph
40. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 26.270s (-0.760) 137.038 mph
41. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 26.281s (-0.771) 136.981 mph
42. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 26.311s (-0.801) 136.825 mph
43. #38 J.J. Yeley Ford 26.322s (-0.812) 136.768 mph
44. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 26.468s (-0.958) 136.013 mph
45. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 26.548s (-1.038) 135.603 mph
46. #36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 26.598s (-1.088) 135.348 mph

Practice 1

1. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 25.702s (Leader) 140.067 mph
2. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 25.728s (-0.026) 139.925 mph
3. #6 David Ragan Ford 25.785s (-0.083) 139.616 mph
4. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 25.787s (-0.085) 139.605 mph
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 25.799s (-0.097) 139.540 mph
6. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 25.828s (-0.126) 139.384 mph
7. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 25.835s (-0.133) 139.346 mph
8. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 25.845s (-0.143) 139.292 mph
9. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 25.852s (-0.150) 139.254 mph
10. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 25.879s (-0.177) 139.109 mph
11. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 25.905s (-0.203) 138.969 mph
12. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 25.919s (-0.217) 138.894 mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 25.975s (-0.273) 138.595 mph
14. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 25.982s (-0.280) 138.557 mph
15. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 26.018s (-0.316) 138.366 mph
16. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 26.028s (-0.326) 138.313 mph
17. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 26.071s (-0.369) 138.085 mph
18. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 26.120s (-0.418) 137.825 mph
19. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 26.130s (-0.428) 137.773 mph
20. #55 Travis Kvapil Ford 26.146s (-0.444) 137.688 mph
21. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 26.159s (-0.457) 137.620 mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 26.163s (-0.461) 137.599 mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 26.163s (-0.461) 137.599 mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26.224s (-0.522) 137.279 mph
25. #37 Mike Skinner Ford 26.229s (-0.527) 137.253 mph
26. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26.246s (-0.544) 137.164 mph
27. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 26.270s (-0.568) 137.038 mph
28. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 26.288s (-0.586) 136.945 mph
29. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 26.290s (-0.588) 136.934 mph
30. #84 Cole Whitt Toyota 26.299s (-0.597) 136.887 mph
31. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 26.302s (-0.600) 136.872 mph
32. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 26.342s (-0.640) 136.664 mph
33. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 26.354s (-0.652) 136.602 mph
34. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 26.359s (-0.657) 136.576 mph
35. #46 Scott Speed Ford 26.423s (-0.721) 136.245 mph
36. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 26.423s (-0.721) 136.245 mph
37. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 26.464s (-0.762) 136.034 mph
38. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 26.503s (-0.801) 135.834 mph
39. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 26.590s (-0.888) 135.389 mph
40. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 26.612s (-0.910) 135.277 mph
41. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 26.616s (-0.914) 135.257 mph
42. #123 Scott Riggs Toyota 26.690s (-0.988) 134.882 mph
43. #34 David Gilliland Ford 26.721s (-1.019) 134.725 mph
44. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 26.739s (-1.037) 134.635 mph
45. #38 J.J. Yeley Ford 26.748s (-1.046) 134.589 mph
46. #36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 26.790s (-1.088) 134.378 mph

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* Denotes Rookie



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