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Cup: Watkins Glen - Qualifying times

11 August 2012

Juan Montoya claimed pole position at Watkins Glen International, making it the second weekend in a row that the Earnhardt-Ganassi driver will start from the front. It's Montoya's ninth pole position in his 203-race Sprint Cup career to date.

Montoya's time of 69.438s (127.020mph) was a new track record and is the first time he's claimed pole at Watkins Glen. He'll start Sunday's Finger Lakes 355 alongside Kyle Busch, who was just five hundredths of a second slower. All cars qualified, even Travis Kvapil who crashed in turn 7 early in qualifying.

Earlier on Saturday the leading positions had been reversed - Busch topped the practice session with a lap of 69.199s (127.459 mph), just 0.007s ahead of Montoya. That 85-minute morning session had been a late addition to the weekend schedule after rain on Friday had cost the drivers much of their originally planned track time.

Kurt Busch topped the sole, rain-shortened Friday practice session with a time of 70.529s (125.055 mph), 0.368s ahead of Ryan Newman. That session was interrupted by an engine failure for Patrick Long who went off into the barrier. The incident put down oil on the track also caught out Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton, both of whom were sent to their backup cars although Hamlin's appeared to suffer an oil leak before he could turn a single lap.

Qualifying times

1. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 69.438s (Leader) 127.020mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 69.488s (-0.050) 126.928mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 69.490s (-0.052) 126.925mph
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 69.654s (-0.216) 126.626mph
5. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 69.710s (-0.272) 126.524mph
6. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 69.827s (-0.389) 126.312mph
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 69.917s (-0.479) 126.150mph
8. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 69.966s (-0.528) 126.061mph
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 69.973s (-0.535) 126.049mph
10. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 70.023s (-0.585) 125.959mph
11. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 70.160s (-0.722) 125.713mph
12. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 70.199s (-0.761) 125.643mph
13. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 70.216s (-0.778) 125.612mph
14. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 70.269s (-0.831) 125.518mph
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 70.270s (-0.832) 125.516mph
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 70.279s (-0.841) 125.500mph
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 70.324s (-0.886) 125.420mph
18. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 70.330s (-0.892) 125.409mph
19. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 70.341s (-0.903) 125.389mph
20. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 70.369s (-0.931) 125.339mph
21. #195 Scott Speed Ford 70.372s (-0.934) 125.334mph
22. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 70.448s (-1.010) 125.199mph
23. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 70.515s (-1.077) 125.080mph
24. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 70.607s (-1.169) 124.917mph
25. #32 Boris Said Ford 70.678s (-1.240) 124.791mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 70.721s (-1.283) 124.715mph
27. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 70.869s (-1.431) 124.455mph
28. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 71.010s (-1.572) 124.208mph
29. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 71.022s (-1.584) 124.187mph
30. #13 Casey Mears Ford 71.054s (-1.616) 124.131mph
31. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 71.067s (-1.629) 124.108mph
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 71.205s (-1.767) 123.868mph
33. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 71.296s (-1.858) 123.710mph
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 71.373s (-1.935) 123.576mph
35. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 71.434s (-1.996) 123.471mph
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 71.454s (-2.016) 123.436mph
37. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 71.550s (-2.112) 123.270mph
38. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 71.982s (-2.544) 122.531mph
39. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 72.097s (-2.659) 122.335mph
40. #119 Chris Cook Toyota 74.193s (-4.755) 118.879mph
41. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 74.279s (-4.841) 118.742mph
42. #30 Patrick Long Toyota 75.031s (-5.593) 117.551mph
43. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota

Practice 2

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 69.199s (Leader) 127.459 mph
2. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 69.206s (-0.007) 127.446 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 69.224s (-0.025) 127.412 mph
4. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 69.360s (-0.161) 127.163 mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 69.397s (-0.198) 127.095 mph
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 69.527s (-0.328) 126.857 mph
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 69.541s (-0.342) 126.832 mph
8. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 69.652s (-0.453) 126.630 mph
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 69.654s (-0.455) 126.626 mph
10. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 69.677s (-0.478) 126.584 mph
11. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 69.706s (-0.507) 126.531 mph
12. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 69.711s (-0.512) 126.522 mph
13. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 69.741s (-0.542) 126.468 mph
14. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 69.745s (-0.546) 126.461 mph
15. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 69.746s (-0.547) 126.459 mph
16. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 69.780s (-0.581) 126.397 mph
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 69.791s (-0.592) 126.377 mph
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 69.905s (-0.706) 126.171 mph
19. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 70.006s (-0.807) 125.989 mph
20. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 70.074s (-0.875) 125.867 mph
21. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 70.117s (-0.918) 125.790 mph
22. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 70.139s (-0.940) 125.750 mph
23. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 70.230s (-1.031) 125.587 mph
24. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 70.235s (-1.036) 125.578 mph
25. #195 Scott Speed Ford 70.246s (-1.047) 125.559 mph
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 70.334s (-1.135) 125.402 mph
27. #32 Boris Said Ford 70.476s (-1.277) 125.149 mph
28. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 70.499s (-1.300) 125.108 mph
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 70.502s (-1.303) 125.103 mph
30. #38 David Gilliland Ford 70.620s (-1.421) 124.894 mph
31. #13 Casey Mears Ford 70.893s (-1.694) 124.413 mph
32. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 71.195s (-1.996) 123.885 mph
33. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 71.214s (-2.015) 123.852 mph
34. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 71.217s (-2.018) 123.847 mph
35. #34 David Ragan Ford 71.290s (-2.091) 123.720 mph
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 71.322s (-2.123) 123.664 mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 71.719s (-2.520) 122.980 mph
38. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 71.909s (-2.710) 122.655 mph
39. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 72.302s (-3.103) 121.988 mph
40. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 72.954s (-3.755) 120.898 mph
41. #119 Chris Cook Toyota 75.124s (-5.925) 117.406 mph
42. #30 Patrick Long Toyota
43. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota

Practice 1

1. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 70.529s (Leader) 125.055 mph
2. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 70.897s (-0.368) 124.406 mph
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 71.057s (-0.528) 124.126 mph
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 71.060s (-0.531) 124.120 mph
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 71.104s (-0.575) 124.044 mph
6. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 71.124s (-0.595) 124.009 mph
7. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 71.159s (-0.630) 123.948 mph
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 71.255s (-0.726) 123.781 mph
9. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 71.271s (-0.742) 123.753 mph
10. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 71.280s (-0.751) 123.737 mph
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 71.300s (-0.771) 123.703 mph
12. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 71.370s (-0.841) 123.581 mph
13. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 71.466s (-0.937) 123.415 mph
14. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 71.484s (-0.955) 123.384 mph
15. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 71.502s (-0.973) 123.353 mph
16. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 71.527s (-0.998) 123.310 mph
17. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 71.670s (-1.141) 123.064 mph
18. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 71.725s (-1.196) 122.970 mph
19. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 71.742s (-1.213) 122.940 mph
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 71.781s (-1.252) 122.874 mph
21. #13 Casey Mears Ford 71.807s (-1.278) 122.829 mph
22. #32 Boris Said Ford 71.808s (-1.279) 122.827 mph
23. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 71.903s (-1.374) 122.665 mph
24. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 71.943s (-1.414) 122.597 mph
25. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 71.963s (-1.434) 122.563 mph
26. #195 Scott Speed Ford 71.990s (-1.461) 122.517 mph
27. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 72.009s (-1.480) 122.485 mph
28. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 72.055s (-1.526) 122.407 mph
29. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 72.190s (-1.661) 122.178 mph
30. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 72.407s (-1.878) 121.811 mph
31. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 72.581s (-2.052) 121.519 mph
32. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 72.747s (-2.218) 121.242 mph
33. #38 David Gilliland Ford 72.805s (-2.276) 121.146 mph
34. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 72.929s (-2.400) 120.939 mph
35. #34 David Ragan Ford 72.979s (-2.450) 120.857 mph
36. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 73.034s (-2.505) 120.766 mph
37. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 73.045s (-2.516) 120.747 mph
38. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 73.088s (-2.559) 120.676 mph
39. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 73.209s (-2.680) 120.477 mph
40. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 73.582s (-3.053) 119.866 mph
41. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 73.661s (-3.132) 119.738 mph
42. #119 Chris Cook Toyota 73.718s (-3.189) 119.645 mph
43. #30 Patrick Long Toyota 74.909s (-4.380) 117.743 mph

* Denotes Rookie


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