Kyle Busch scores Phoenix pole as contenders struggle

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

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED

TIME

BEHIND

1 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 138.766 25.943 Leader
2 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 138.217 26.046 -0.103
3 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 137.578 26.167 -0.224
4 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 137.478 26.186 -0.243
5 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 137.211 26.237 -0.294
6 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row 137.007 26.276 -0.333
7 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Rheem 136.992 26.279 -0.336
8 Regan Smith Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 136.872 26.302 -0.359
9 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 136.867 26.303 -0.360
10 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 136.867 26.303 -0.360
11 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 136.830 26.310 -0.367
12 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 136.721 26.331 -0.388
13 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 136.679 26.339 -0.396
14 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 136.622 26.350 -0.407
15 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 136.488 26.376 -0.433
16 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 136.436 26.386 -0.443
17 Marcos Ambrose Ford Black & Decker 136.359 26.401 -0.458
18 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Allstate 136.353 26.402 -0.459
19 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 136.271 26.418 -0.475
20 Greg Biffle Ford Filtrete 136.219 26.428 -0.485
21 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 136.003 26.470 -0.527
22 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 135.906 26.489 -0.546
23 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew 135.547 26.559 -0.616
24 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 135.440 26.580 -0.637
25 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 135.211 26.625 -0.682
26 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 135.171 26.633 -0.690
27 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 134.948 26.677 -0.734
28 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 134.948 26.677 -0.734
29 David Ragan Ford CertainTeed / 31-W Insulation 134.932 26.680 -0.737
30 Bobby Labonte Toyota Vektor Vodka 134.449 26.776 -0.833
31 David Gilliland Ford Loan Mart 134.374 26.791 -0.848
32 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 134.343 26.797 -0.854
33 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 134.198 26.826 -0.883
34 David Reutimann Ford No Label Watcher 134.008 26.864 -0.921
35 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 133.620 26.942 -0.999
36 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical / Value Place 133.576 26.951 -1.008
37 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 132.954 27.077 -1.134
38 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 132.817 27.105 -1.162
39 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 132.387 27.193 -1.250
40 Jason Leffler Toyota Plinker Tactical / Value Place 131.329 27.412 -1.469
41 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM-FM Energy Wood & Pellet 130.067 27.678 -1.735
42 Timmy Hill Ford U.S. Chrome / TMone 129.945 27.704 -1.761
43 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Accell Construction 128.691 27.974 -2.031
44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Anchor Drilling Fluids / MaxQ 127.056 28.334 -2.391

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