Earnhardt Jr. on pole at Dover

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Saturday 28th September, 2013 - 7:41am

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start off the pole at 'The Monster Mie'

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start off pole at ‘The Monster Mie’

Keen to haul-in NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase leader Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has started his weekend at Dover in the right note with pole position for the AAA 400.

Earnhardt posted a track-record qualifying speed of 260.471km/h (161.849 mph) on the concrete one-mile track.

It is Earnhardt’s second pole of the year and despite sitting in 11th place in the points standings feels he has a good car this weekend at ‘The Monster Mile’.

“The car has been excellent all day long,” Earnhardt said. “The car has been a whole lot of fun to drive.

“If we just follow our instinct and keep up with the racetrack as it’s changing throughout the weekend, we’ve got a good shot at it.”

The Hendrick Motorsports driver will need to be on his game as Kenseth will start alongside.

The top four drivers in qualifying all are in the Chase with Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards on Row 2. Other Chase drivers starting spots: Joey Logano (11th), Kevin Harvick (12th), Kyle Busch (14th), Jeff Gordon (16th), Greg Biffle (19th), Kasey Kahne (20th) and Clint Bowyer (23rd).

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start from 24th after a small but critical weather change occurred during his run.

“It’s crazy that we get a bunch of sun after it was pretty cloudy all session,” said Ambrose. “We felt pretty good going into the session, but we were just loose off the turns. The guys that qualified around us will start near us too.

“We were all fast in practice, but the track just changed a lot on us. Still, our STANLEY Ford feels good in race trim and we are better here. We like the car for Sunday’s race.”

 QUALIFYING: AAA 400 – Dover International Speedway

POS

driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 161.849 22.243 Leader

2

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota No. 20 Home Depot “Let’s Do This” Toyota 161.805 22.249 –0.006

3

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet State Water Heaters 161.740 22.258 –0.015

4

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal 161.609 22.276 –0.033

5

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 161.609 22.276 –0.033

6

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 161.594 22.278 –0.035

7

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet LiftMaster 161.493 22.292 –0.049

8

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kolbalt Tools 161.341 22.313 –0.070

9

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet 161.326 22.315 –0.072

10

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Shocks 161.204 22.332 –0.089

11

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell Pennzoil 161.023 22.357 –0.114

12

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 160.800 22.388 –0.145

13

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 160.736 22.397 –0.154

14

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Interstate Batteries 160.721 22.399 –0.156

15

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford FORD ECO BOOST 160.714 22.400 –0.157

16

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Axalta 160.664 22.407 –0.164

17

AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota House-Autry 160.650 22.409 –0.166

18

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Freight 160.557 22.422 –0.179

19

Greg Biffle 16 Ford Filtrete 160.542 22.424 –0.181

20

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 160.371 22.448 –0.205

21

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / CertainTeed 160.249 22.465 –0.222

22

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 160.100 22.486 –0.243

23

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota Raspberry 5-Hour Energy benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer 159.851 22.521 –0.278

24

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 159.645 22.550 –0.307

25

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 158.779 22.673 –0.430

26

Casey Mears 13 Ford No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion 158.611 22.697 –0.454

27

David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell 158.451 22.720 –0.477

28

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 158.263 22.747 –0.504

29

Mark Martin 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 157.992 22.786 –0.543

30

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King-Dr. Pepper 157.929 22.795 –0.552

31

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy 157.563 22.848 –0.605

32

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet Drive Sober Arrive Alive 157.549 22.850 –0.607

33

Cole Whitt 30 Toyota Swan Energy 157.336 22.881 –0.638

34

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 156.883 22.947 –0.704

35

Reed Sorenson 95 Ford Leavine Family Racing 156.692 22.975 –0.732

36

Ryan Truex 51 Chevrolet Shooters Sporting Center 156.644 22.982 –0.739

37

Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos.com 156.495 23.004 –0.761

38

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 156.203 23.047 –0.804

39

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King-Dr. Pepper 155.595 23.137 –0.894

40

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet TBA 155.501 23.151 –0.908

41

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA 154.832 23.251 –1.008

42

Timmy Hill 32 Ford U.S. Chrome 154.526 23.297 –1.054

43

Tony Raines 40 Chevrolet TBA 153.551 23.445 –1.202

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