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Cup: Charlotte - Qualifying times

Aric Almirola put the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports car on pole position for NASCAR's longest Sprint Cup race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Aric Almirola will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his first series pole position in 47 race starts after posting the only time under 28s in Thursday night qualifying.

Almirola's time of 27.988s (192.940mph) was 0.196s faster than his Richard Petty Motorsports team mate Marcos Ambrose, who took the remaining spot on the front row after having earlier paced the afternoon practice session.

Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle bring the Cup championship title fight to the secon row of the grid, and Michael Waltrip Racing continued a strong showing this year by claiming the third row with the efforts of Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin.

Kurt Busch will start from 42nd in the back-up car after wrecking on his qualifying lap.

David Reutimann joined JJ Yeley, Mike Bliss and Scott Riggs in being unable to make the the 43-car grid on speed. Ironically, Danica Patrick made the field for her first Coca-Cola race thanks to the car owner points that Reutimann had helped build up on the #10 Chevy that they share at Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Qualifying times

1. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 27.988s (Leader) 192.940mph
2. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.184s (-0.196) 191.598mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.217s (-0.229) 191.374mph
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.234s (-0.246) 191.259mph
5. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.243s (-0.255) 191.198mph
6. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.247s (-0.259) 191.171mph
7. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.253s (-0.265) 191.130mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.289s (-0.301) 190.887mph
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.332s (-0.344) 190.597mph
10. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.353s (-0.365) 190.456mph
11. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 28.372s (-0.384) 190.329mph
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.376s (-0.388) 190.302mph
13. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.381s (-0.393) 190.268mph
14. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.391s (-0.403) 190.201mph
15. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.392s (-0.404) 190.194mph
16. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.413s (-0.425) 190.054mph
17. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.416s (-0.428) 190.034mph
18. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.423s (-0.435) 189.987mph
19. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.465s (-0.477) 189.707mph
20. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.480s (-0.492) 189.607mph
21. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.485s (-0.497) 189.574mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.493s (-0.505) 189.520mph
23. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.560s (-0.572) 189.076mph
24. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.591s (-0.603) 188.871mph
25. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.668s (-0.680) 188.363mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.671s (-0.683) 188.344mph
27. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 28.674s (-0.686) 188.324mph
28. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.692s (-0.704) 188.206mph
29. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.735s (-0.747) 187.924mph
30. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.776s (-0.788) 187.656mph
31. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.796s (-0.808) 187.526mph
32. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.802s (-0.814) 187.487mph
33. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 28.837s (-0.849) 187.259mph
34. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 28.851s (-0.863) 187.169mph
35. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.010s (-1.022) 186.143mph
36. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.015s (-1.027) 186.111mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.019s (-1.031) 186.085mph
38. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.036s (-1.048) 185.976mph
39. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.062s (-1.074) 185.810mph
40. #10 Danica Patrick+ Chevrolet
41. #32 T.J. Bell+ Ford
42. #51 Kurt Busch+ Chevrolet
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.066s (-1.078) 185.784mph

Did Not Qualify

#249 J.J. Yeley Toyota
#119 Mike Bliss Toyota
#173 David Reutimann Toyota
#23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet

+ Set by Owner Points

Practice 1 times

1. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.539s (Leader) 189.215 mph
2. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.544s (-0.005) 189.182 mph
3. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 28.661s (-0.122) 188.409 mph
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.671s (-0.132) 188.344 mph
5. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.721s (-0.182) 188.016 mph
6. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.724s (-0.185) 187.996 mph
7. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.726s (-0.187) 187.983 mph
8. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.734s (-0.195) 187.931 mph
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.758s (-0.219) 187.774 mph
10. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.761s (-0.222) 187.383 mph
11. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.766s (-0.227) 187.722 mph
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.775s (-0.236) 187.663 mph
13. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.788s (-0.249) 187.578 mph
14. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.797s (-0.258) 187.520 mph
15. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.801s (-0.262) 187.493 mph
16. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.818s (-0.279) 187.383 mph
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.848s (-0.309) 187.188 mph
18. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.852s (-0.313) 187.162 mph
19. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.865s (-0.326) 187.078 mph
20. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.877s (-0.338) 187.000 mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.885s (-0.346) 186.948 mph
22. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.889s (-0.350) 186.922 mph
23. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.891s (-0.352) 186.909 mph
24. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.906s (-0.367) 186.812 mph
25. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.908s (-0.369) 186.799 mph
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.928s (-0.389) 186.670 mph
27. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.946s (-0.407) 186.554 mph
28. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.035s (-0.496) 185.982 mph
29. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 29.046s (-0.507) 185.912 mph
30. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.081s (-0.542) 185.688 mph
31. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.084s (-0.545) 185.669 mph
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.101s (-0.562) 185.561 mph
33. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.106s (-0.567) 185.529 mph
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.110s (-0.571) 185.503 mph
35. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.124s (-0.585) 185.414 mph
36. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.168s (-0.629) 185.134 mph
37. #173 David Reutimann Toyota 29.173s (-0.634) 185.103 mph
38. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.179s (-0.640) 185.065 mph
39. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 29.196s (-0.657) 184.957 mph
40. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.240s (-0.701) 184.678 mph
41. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.251s (-0.712) 184.609 mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.307s (-0.768) 184.256 mph
43. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 29.385s (-0.846) 183.767 mph
44. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.402s (-0.863) 183.661 mph
45. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 29.432s (-0.893) 183.474 mph
46. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 29.537s (-0.998) 182.822 mph
47. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.696s (-1.157) 181.843 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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