Friday, June 28, 2013

Pole Report: Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

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With only two Sprint Cup Series races in the books at Kentucky Speedway, the driver and team notebooks are thin. Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski have visited victory lane and this in the only track on the circuit where Jeff Gordon is yet to win. Who will celebrate Saturday night?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted a new track record on route to his first pole of the season and first at Kentucky Speedway. Earnhardt’s speed of 183.636 mph beat out Carl Edwards for the top starting spot.

Coverage of the Quaker State 400 will begin Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on TNT with the green flag flying at 7:45 p.m.

Here’s the full starting grid:

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. Carl Edwards
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Marcos Ambrose
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Brian Vickers
  10. Juan Pablo Montoya
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Jeff Gordon
  13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  14. Jeff Burton
  15. Clint Bowyer
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. AJ Allmendinger
  18. Aric Almirolla
  19. Martin Truex Jr.
  20. Greg Biffle
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Kevin Harvick
  23. Jamie McMurray
  24. Paul Menard
  25. Tony Stewart
  26. Austin Dillon
  27. Kurt Busch
  28. David Stremme
  29. Danica Patrick
  30. Landon Cassill
  31. Casey Mears
  32. Dave Blaney
  33. Michael McDowell
  34. David Gilliland
  35. JJ Yeley
  36. David Reutimann
  37. Josh Wise
  38. David Ragan
  39. Mike Bliss
  40. Travis Kvapil
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Scott Riggs
  43. Ken Schrader
Qualifying Notes:
For the first time since 1992, Bobby Labonte won’t be competing in Sprint Cup Series competition. His streak of consecutive starts ends at 704. The streak began at the 1993 Daytona 500 and is third on the the all-time list and second among active drivers. Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with 705. AJ Allmendinger is behind the wheel of the No. 47.

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