Reutimann claims Richmond pole

David Reutimann will start on pole for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond

David Reutimann has scored pole for the all-important final race of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup at Richmond in Virginia.

Reutimann turned a lap at 127.383 mph, claiming the top starting spot in the race that will begin with more than a dozen drivers trying to secure one of the three spots still up for grabs in the 10-race playoffs that begin next weekend.

The 12-driver field will be set after Saturday night’s 400-lap event, and under the new format, the final two wild card spots will go to the drivers ranked 11 to 20 in the points who have the most regular-season victories.

As Reutimann sees it, he’s just as entitled to race for the victory as anyone else.

“No different than any other race,” said Reutimann.

“You just got out there and try to outrun them. You don’t want to mess with anybody’s day, but I’m out for me.”

Jamie McMurray, another driver out of contention for a Chase spot, will start on the outside of the front row.

Five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson will start third, with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin to his outside. Martin is among the drivers who need to win the race and have several other contenders falter to find his way into the Chase field.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose in that group, but he will need to win the race to have any chance. He has plenty of work ahead of him starting 34th on the grid.

“You know, I am just confused right now. I thought that was better than that,” said Ambrose.

“I thought that was a decent lap but turns out that it wasn’t. I don’t really know right now what we need to get better at for tomorrow, but we will get to work on it.”

Among the drivers in closest contention for the final three spots, Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 27th, and Tony Stewart qualified 22nd. Earnhardt, who is ninth in the standings, needs only to finish 20th or better to secure a playoff berth. Stewart, who is 10th, needs to be 18th or better.

GRID: Wonderful Pistachios 400 | Richmond International Raceway

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED

TIME

1 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 127.382 21.196
2 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 127.335 21.204
3 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Power of Pride 127.215 21.224
4 Mark Martin Chevrolet Quaker State / GoDaddy.com 127.083 21.246
5 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 127.011 21.258
6 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 126.993 21.261
7 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 126.778 21.297
8 Carl Edwards Ford Kellogg’s / Cheez-it 126.707 21.309
9 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 126.695 21.311
10 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 126.683 21.313
11 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 126.665 21.316
12 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 126.624 21.323
13 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 126.612 21.325
14 Greg Biffle Ford 3M “Honoring Our Heroes” 126.606 21.326
15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Moen / Menards 126.464 21.350
16 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 126.446 21.353
17 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 126.369 21.366
18 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army-9 / 11 126.369 21.366
19 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 126.274 21.382
20 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 126.245 21.387
21 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 126.245 21.387
22 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 126.210 21.393
23 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 126.186 21.397
24 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 126.150 21.403
25 Matt Kenseth Ford Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 126.092 21.413
26 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 126.068 21.417
27 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 126.021 21.425
28 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 125.986 21.431
29 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Brakes 125.839 21.456
30 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 125.716 21.477
31 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 125.587 21.499
32 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 125.506 21.513
33 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Pepsi Max 125.430 21.526
34 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 125.430 21.526
35 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s 125.232 21.560
36 David Gilliland Ford “Honoring Our Heroes” 125.139 21.576
37 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 124.913 21.615
38 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 124.706 21.651
39 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 124.602 21.669
40 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Golden Corral 124.596 21.670
41 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 124.321 21.718
42 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 124.235 21.733
43 Mike Bliss Ford Safe Skies TSA Luggage Locks 123.825 21.805
44 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 123.192 21.917
45 Erik Darnell Ford Max Q Motorsports 121.962 22.138
46 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet Green Smoke 121.348 22.250

 

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