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Cup: Phoenix - Qualifying times

Kyle Busch claimed pole position at Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday's AdvoCare 500, in what will be the penultimate race in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Kyle Busch will start Sunday's penultimate 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup race from pole position, after his time of 25.943s (138.766mph) was enough to put him on pole position by a tenth of a second over Martin Truex Jr.

It's Busch's 10th pole in 292 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, his most recent pole position before this having been in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his only previous start from the front in 2012. He last won pole at Phoenix International Raceway in 2006.

Stephen Leicht was the fastest qualifying rookie in 35th place, and JJ Yeley was the single car to fail to make the 43-car grid for the AdvoCare 500 based on speed.

Earlier on Friday, Busch had pipped his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate to the top spot on the timesheets by a tenth of a second with a lap of 26.127s (137.788 mph) at the one mile oval. Jeff Burton and Sam Hornish Jr. both had accidents during the session serious enough to send them to their backup cars for the remainder of the weekend; Greg Biffle also slapped the wall late in practice, but the team decided to repair the car rather than opting for the backup.

Qualifying times

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 25.943s (Leader) 138.766mph
2. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 26.046s (-0.103) 138.217mph
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 26.167s (-0.224) 137.578mph
4. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 26.186s (-0.243) 137.478mph
5. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 26.237s (-0.294) 137.211mph
6. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 26.276s (-0.333) 137.007mph
7. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 26.279s (-0.336) 136.992mph
8. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 26.302s (-0.359) 136.872mph
9. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 26.303s (-0.360) 136.867mph
10. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 26.303s (-0.360) 136.867mph
11. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 26.310s (-0.367) 136.830mph
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 26.331s (-0.388) 136.721mph
13. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 26.339s (-0.396) 136.679mph
14. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 26.350s (-0.407) 136.622mph
15. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 26.376s (-0.433) 136.488mph
16. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 26.386s (-0.443) 136.436mph
17. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26.401s (-0.458) 136.359mph
18. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26.402s (-0.459) 136.353mph
19. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 26.418s (-0.475) 136.271mph
20. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 26.428s (-0.485) 136.219mph
21. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 26.470s (-0.527) 136.003mph
22. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 26.489s (-0.546) 135.906mph
23. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 26.559s (-0.616) 135.547mph
24. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 26.580s (-0.637) 135.440mph
25. #13 Casey Mears Ford 26.625s (-0.682) 135.211mph
26. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 26.633s (-0.690) 135.171mph
27. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 26.677s (-0.734) 134.948mph
28. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 26.677s (-0.734) 134.948mph
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 26.680s (-0.737) 134.932mph
30. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 26.776s (-0.833) 134.449mph
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 26.791s (-0.848) 134.374mph
32. #30 David Stremme Toyota 26.797s (-0.854) 134.343mph
33. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 26.826s (-0.883) 134.198mph
34. #144 David Reutimann Ford 26.864s (-0.921) 134.008mph
35. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 26.942s (-0.999) 133.620mph
36. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 26.951s (-1.008) 133.576mph
37. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 27.077s (-1.134) 132.954mph
38. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 27.105s (-1.162) 132.817mph
39. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 27.193s (-1.250) 132.387mph
40. #191 Jason Leffler Toyota 27.412s (-1.469) 131.329mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 27.678s (-1.735) 130.067mph
42. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 27.704s (-1.761) 129.945mph
43. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 27.974s (-2.031) 128.691mph

Did not Qualify

44. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 28.334s (-2.391) 127.056mph

Practice 1 times

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 26.127s (Leader) 137.788 mph
2. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 26.231s (-0.104) 137.242 mph
3. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 26.263s (-0.136) 137.075 mph
4. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 26.275s (-0.148) 137.012 mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 26.302s (-0.175) 136.872 mph
6. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 26.310s (-0.183) 136.830 mph
7. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 26.316s (-0.189) 136.799 mph
8. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 26.351s (-0.224) 136.617 mph
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 26.375s (-0.248) 136.493 mph
10. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 26.383s (-0.256) 136.452 mph
11. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 26.404s (-0.277) 136.343 mph
12. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 26.427s (-0.300) 136.224 mph
13. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 26.428s (-0.301) 136.219 mph
14. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 26.441s (-0.314) 136.152 mph
15. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 26.491s (-0.364) 135.895 mph
16. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 26.497s (-0.370) 135.864 mph
17. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 26.499s (-0.372) 135.854 mph
18. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 26.499s (-0.372) 135.854 mph
19. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 26.516s (-0.389) 135.767 mph
20. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26.536s (-0.409) 135.665 mph
21. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 26.538s (-0.411) 135.654 mph
22. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26.580s (-0.453) 135.440 mph
23. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 26.586s (-0.459) 135.410 mph
24. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 26.587s (-0.460) 135.404 mph
25. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 26.681s (-0.554) 134.928 mph
26. #13 Casey Mears Ford 26.690s (-0.563) 134.882 mph
27. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 26.698s (-0.571) 134.842 mph
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 26.703s (-0.576) 134.816 mph
29. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 26.709s (-0.582) 134.786 mph
30. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 26.725s (-0.598) 134.705 mph
31. #30 David Stremme Toyota 26.755s (-0.628) 134.554 mph
32. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 26.755s (-0.628) 134.554 mph
33. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 26.779s (-0.652) 134.434 mph
34. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 26.782s (-0.655) 134.419 mph
35. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 26.811s (-0.684) 134.273 mph
36. #144 David Reutimann Ford 26.813s (-0.686) 134.263 mph
37. #38 David Gilliland Ford 26.865s (-0.738) 134.003 mph
38. #191 Jason Leffler Toyota 26.874s (-0.747) 133.958 mph
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 26.935s (-0.808) 133.655 mph
40. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 26.989s (-0.862) 133.388 mph
41. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 27.037s (-0.910) 133.151 mph
42. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 27.074s (-0.947) 132.969 mph
43. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 27.160s (-1.033) 132.548 mph
44. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 27.306s (-1.179) 131.839 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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