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Cup: Pocono - Qualifying times

Juan Pablo Montoya pulled off a surprise pole position for the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the unique triangular Pocono Raceway.
Juan Montoya put Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing on pole position for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup with a lap of 51.124s (176.043mph) on the 2.5-mile unique three-turn Pocono Raceway.

It's Montoya's eighth pole in 202 Cup series starts, and his first since April 2011 when he claimed the top spot at Richmond. He is the 15th different pole position driver so far in 2012, and it automatically puts him into the 2013 Daytona Shootout.

He qualified 0.072s ahead of Denny Hamlin in second place, while Paul Menard recovered from his Friday first practice accident - which had seen his car crash and catch fire at the end of the session, forcing him to the backup for the weekend - will line up on the second row alongside Kasey Kahne.

Stephen Leicht was the only driver attempting to qualify on speed not to make it onto the 43-car starting grid.

Practice 1 on Friday was topped by Jimmie Johnson with a lap of 51.638s (174.290 mph) just 0.088s ahead of Kyle Busch who was in turn just eight thousandths ahead of Carl Edwards. In practice 2, Dale Earnhardt Jr. set the fastest time of the Friday track activity with a lap of 50.721s (177.441 mph), 0.134s ahead of Matt Kenseth and two tenths faster than Greg Biffle. Busch was in fourth once again just ahead of Edwards, while Johnson dropped back to tenth.

The scheduled and somewhat controversial Cup debut of John Wes Townley failed to materialise, after the team opted to replace the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular driver with Jason White after Townley hit the wall at the exit of turn 2 during his warmup lap before the first official Friday practice session.

Qualifying times

1. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 51.124s (Leader) 176.043mph
2. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 51.196s (-0.072) 175.795mph
3. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 51.245s (-0.121) 175.627mph
4. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 51.300s (-0.176) 175.439mph
5. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 51.302s (-0.178) 175.432mph
6. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 51.329s (-0.205) 175.339mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 51.379s (-0.255) 175.169mph
8. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 51.390s (-0.266) 175.131mph
9. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 51.400s (-0.276) 175.097mph
10. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 51.409s (-0.285) 175.067mph
11. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 51.418s (-0.294) 175.036mph
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 51.439s (-0.315) 174.964mph
13. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 51.486s (-0.362) 174.805mph
14. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 51.489s (-0.365) 174.795mph
15. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 51.541s (-0.417) 174.618mph
16. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 51.558s (-0.434) 174.561mph
17. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 51.596s (-0.472) 174.432mph
18. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 51.600s (-0.476) 174.419mph
19. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 51.631s (-0.507) 174.314mph
20. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 51.642s (-0.518) 174.277mph
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 51.661s (-0.537) 174.213mph
22. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 51.676s (-0.552) 174.162mph
23. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 51.748s (-0.624) 173.920mph
24. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 51.852s (-0.728) 173.571mph
25. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 51.866s (-0.742) 173.524mph
26. #38 David Gilliland Ford 51.900s (-0.776) 173.410mph
27. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 51.933s (-0.809) 173.300mph
28. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 51.964s (-0.840) 173.197mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 52.064s (-0.940) 172.864mph
30. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 52.138s (-1.014) 172.619mph
31. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 52.213s (-1.089) 172.371mph
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 52.314s (-1.190) 172.038mph
33. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 52.351s (-1.227) 171.917mph
34. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 52.352s (-1.228) 171.913mph
35. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 52.384s (-1.260) 171.808mph
36. #30 David Stremme Toyota 52.436s (-1.312) 171.638mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 52.556s (-1.432) 171.246mph
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 52.692s (-1.568) 170.804mph
39. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 52.737s (-1.613) 170.658mph
40. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 52.761s (-1.637) 170.581mph
41. #32 Jason White Ford 53.611s (-2.487) 167.876mph
42. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet
43. #98 Mike Skinner Ford 52.781s (-1.657) 170.516mph

Did not qualify

44. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 52.790s (-1.666) 170.487mph

Practice 2 times

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 50.721s (Leader) 177.441 mph
2. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 50.855s (-0.134) 176.974 mph
3. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 50.927s (-0.206) 176.723 mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 50.973s (-0.252) 176.564 mph
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 51.023s (-0.302) 176.391 mph
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 51.086s (-0.365) 176.173 mph
7. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 51.088s (-0.367) 176.167 mph
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 51.100s (-0.379) 176.125 mph
9. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 51.105s (-0.384) 176.108 mph
10. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 51.117s (-0.396) 176.067 mph
11. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 51.148s (-0.427) 175.960 mph
12. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 51.169s (-0.448) 175.888 mph
13. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 51.180s (-0.459) 175.850 mph
14. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 51.199s (-0.478) 175.785 mph
15. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 51.304s (-0.583) 175.425 mph
16. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 51.348s (-0.627) 175.275 mph
17. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 51.368s (-0.647) 175.206 mph
18. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 51.387s (-0.666) 175.142 mph
19. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 51.424s (-0.703) 175.016 mph
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 51.490s (-0.769) 174.791 mph
21. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 51.500s (-0.779) 174.757 mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 51.530s (-0.809) 174.656 mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 51.564s (-0.843) 174.540 mph
24. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 51.632s (-0.911) 174.311 mph
25. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 51.654s (-0.933) 174.236 mph
26. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 51.765s (-1.044) 173.863 mph
27. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 51.832s (-1.111) 173.638 mph
28. #13 Casey Mears Ford 51.868s (-1.147) 173.517 mph
29. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 51.960s (-1.239) 173.210 mph
30. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 51.992s (-1.271) 173.104 mph
31. #30 David Stremme Toyota 52.055s (-1.334) 172.894 mph
32. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 52.146s (-1.425) 172.592 mph
33. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 52.148s (-1.427) 172.586 mph
34. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 52.256s (-1.535) 172.229 mph
35. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 52.290s (-1.569) 172.117 mph
36. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 52.320s (-1.599) 172.018 mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 52.324s (-1.603) 172.005 mph
38. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 52.336s (-1.615) 171.966 mph
39. #98 Mike Skinner Ford 52.423s (-1.702) 171.680 mph
40. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 52.630s (-1.909) 171.005 mph
41. #38 David Gilliland Ford 52.634s (-1.913) 170.992 mph
42. #34 David Ragan Ford 52.990s (-2.269) 169.843 mph
43. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 53.285s (-2.564) 168.903 mph
44. #32 Jason White Ford 53.322s (-2.601) 168.786 mph

Practice 1 times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 51.638s (Leader) 174.290 mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 51.726s (-0.088) 173.994 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 51.734s (-0.096) 173.967 mph
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 51.739s (-0.101) 173.950 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 51.792s (-0.154) 173.772 mph
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 51.797s (-0.159) 173.755 mph
7. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 51.837s (-0.199) 173.621 mph
8. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 51.839s (-0.201) 173.615 mph
9. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 51.859s (-0.221) 173.548 mph
10. #13 Casey Mears Ford 51.890s (-0.252) 173.444 mph
11. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 51.959s (-0.321) 173.214 mph
12. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 51.984s (-0.346) 173.130 mph
13. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 52.025s (-0.387) 172.994 mph
14. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 52.038s (-0.400) 172.951 mph
15. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 52.043s (-0.405) 172.934 mph
16. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 52.059s (-0.421) 172.881 mph
17. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 52.061s (-0.423) 172.874 mph
18. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 52.084s (-0.446) 172.798 mph
19. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 52.099s (-0.461) 172.748 mph
20. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 52.140s (-0.502) 172.612 mph
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 52.145s (-0.507) 172.596 mph
22. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 52.171s (-0.533) 172.510 mph
23. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 52.209s (-0.571) 172.384 mph
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 52.233s (-0.595) 172.305 mph
25. #38 David Gilliland Ford 52.296s (-0.658) 172.097 mph
26. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 52.353s (-0.715) 171.910 mph
27. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 52.378s (-0.740) 171.828 mph
28. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 52.378s (-0.740) 171.828 mph
29. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 52.413s (-0.775) 171.713 mph
30. #30 David Stremme Toyota 52.416s (-0.778) 171.703 mph
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 52.468s (-0.830) 171.533 mph
32. #98 Mike Skinner Ford 52.497s (-0.859) 171.438 mph
33. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 52.536s (-0.898) 171.311 mph
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 52.562s (-0.924) 171.226 mph
35. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 52.596s (-0.958) 171.116 mph
36. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 52.639s (-1.001) 170.976 mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 52.640s (-1.002) 170.973 mph
38. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 52.668s (-1.030) 170.882 mph
39. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 52.704s (-1.066) 170.765 mph
40. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 52.807s (-1.169) 170.432 mph
41. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 52.952s (-1.314) 169.965 mph
42. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 53.139s (-1.501) 169.367 mph
43. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 53.167s (-1.529) 169.278 mph
44. #32 John Wes Townley Ford



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