Kyle Busch scores Phoenix pole as contenders struggle

  • Saturday 10th November, 2012 11:01am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch has scored pole position for Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, where the bulk of the attention will again be on the championship contenders.

Jimmie Johnson, who heads into the penultimate race of the season with a seven point margin over Brad Keselowski, will line-up just 24th after struggling on his qualifying run. The position marks the five-time champion’s worst starting slot for a Chase race in more than two years.

Keselowski was also less than sparkling however, recording the 14th fastest time in his Penske Racing Dodge.

At the top of the order, Toyotas swept the top three places as Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin proved the closest to Busch’s track record time.

Aric Almirola continued his strong form since a recent crew chief swap with Richard Petty Motorsport team-mate Marcos Ambrose and will start fifth. Ambrose recorded the 17th fastest time on a tough day for the fancied Ford runners.

Kevin Harvick, who qualified 19th, was the talk of the paddock prior to qualifying with rumours circulating that he has signed a deal to switch from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas Racing for 2014.

See below for the full qualifying result








1Kyle BuschToyotaM&M’s138.76625.943Leader
2Martin Truex Jr.ToyotaNAPA Auto Parts138.21726.046-0.103
3Denny HamlinToyotaFedEx Ground137.57826.167-0.224
4Kasey KahneChevroletFarmers Insurance137.47826.186-0.243
5Aric AlmirolaFordFarmland137.21126.237-0.294
6Kurt BuschChevroletFurniture Row137.00726.276-0.333
7Paul MenardChevroletMenards / Rheem136.99226.279-0.336
8Regan SmithChevroletPhoenix Construction136.87226.302-0.359
9Mark MartinToyotaAaron’s Dream Machine136.86726.303-0.360
10Tony StewartChevroletMobil 1 / Office Depot136.86726.303-0.360
11Jeff GordonChevroletDuPont136.83026.310-0.367
12Ryan NewmanChevroletQuicken Loans136.72126.331-0.388
13Carl EdwardsFordFastenal136.67926.339-0.396
14Brad KeselowskiDodgeMiller Lite136.62226.350-0.407
15Joey LoganoToyotaDollar General136.48826.376-0.433
16Clint BowyerToyota5-hour Energy136.43626.386-0.443
17Marcos AmbroseFordBlack & Decker136.35926.401-0.458
18Jamie McMurrayChevroletBass Pro Shops / Allstate136.35326.402-0.459
19Kevin HarvickChevroletBudweiser136.27126.418-0.475
20Greg BiffleFordFiltrete136.21926.428-0.485
21Juan MontoyaChevroletTarget136.00326.470-0.527
22Matt KensethFordFord EcoBoost135.90626.489-0.546
23Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevroletDiet Mountain Dew135.54726.559-0.616
24Jimmie JohnsonChevroletLowe’s / Kobalt Tools135.44026.580-0.637
25Casey MearsFordGEICO135.21126.625-0.682
26Sam Hornish Jr.DodgeShell / Pennzoil135.17126.633-0.690
27Michael McDowellFordPhil Parsons Racing134.94826.677-0.734
28Landon CassillToyotaBurger King134.94826.677-0.734
29David RaganFordCertainTeed / 31-W Insulation134.93226.680-0.737
30Bobby LabonteToyotaVektor Vodka134.44926.776-0.833
31David GillilandFordLoan Mart134.37426.791-0.848
32David StremmeToyotaInception Motorsports134.34326.797-0.854
33Jeff BurtonChevroletCaterpillar134.19826.826-0.883
34David ReutimannFordNo Label Watcher134.00826.864-0.921
35Stephen Leicht*ChevroletLittle Joes Autos.com133.62026.942-0.999
36Mike BlissToyotaPlinker Tactical / Value Place133.57626.951-1.008
37Danica PatrickChevroletGoDaddy.com132.95427.077-1.134
38Josh Wise*FordMDS Transport132.81727.105-1.162
39Travis KvapilToyotaBurger King132.38727.193-1.250
40Jason LefflerToyotaPlinker Tactical / Value Place131.32927.412-1.469
41Joe NemechekToyotaAM-FM Energy Wood & Pellet130.06727.678-1.735
42Timmy HillFordU.S. Chrome / TMone129.94527.704-1.761
43Dave BlaneyChevroletAccell Construction128.69127.974-2.031
44J.J. YeleyChevroletAnchor Drilling Fluids / MaxQ127.05628.334-2.391

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