Kenseth on Phoenix pole, Ambrose third

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth

Ford Fusion drivers Matt Kenseth, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose have swept the top three positions in qualifying for the penultimate race of the 2011 Sprint Cup season.

Kenseth lapped the re-profiled Phoenix International Raceway in 26.26s to beat Allmendinger by a substantial 0.13s.

Mark Martin was fourth fastest, from Martin Truex, Jamie McMurray, David Reutimann, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne.

Qualifying saw most drivers run approximately a second slower than their earlier practice efforts, with warmer track conditions blamed for the lack of speed.

See below for the full qualifying result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

TIME

BEHIND

1 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 26.258 Leader
2 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Wix Filters 26.384 -0.126
3 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 26.411 -0.153
4 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 26.455 -0.197
5 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 26.455 -0.197
6 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 26.469 -0.211
7 David Reutimann Toyota Tums 26.473 -0.215
8 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 26.488 -0.230
9 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 26.529 -0.271
10 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 26.534 -0.276
11 Paul Menard Chevrolet Peak / Menards 26.547 -0.289
12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 26.585 -0.327
13 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice 26.588 -0.330
14 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar Global Mining 26.608 -0.350
15 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 26.613 -0.355
16 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 26.618 -0.360
17 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 26.622 -0.364
18 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 26.624 -0.366
19 Cole Whitt Toyota Red Bull Racing Team 26.625 -0.367
20 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 26.630 -0.372
21 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 26.631 -0.373
22 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Retro Diet Mountain Dew 26.634 -0.376
23 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 26.689 -0.431
24 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 26.694 -0.436
25 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 26.696 -0.438
26 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 26.704 -0.446
27 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 26.715 -0.457
28 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios “Send Cheer” / Hamburger Helper 26.751 -0.493
29 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Meguiars 26.756 -0.498
30 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Veterans Day Tribute 26.764 -0.506
31 Bobby Labonte Toyota Wounded Warrior Project / Clorox 26.793 -0.535
32 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 26.837 -0.579
33 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 26.850 -0.592
34 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 26.936 -0.678
35 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 26.979 -0.721
36 Mike Skinner Ford Max Q Motorsports 27.023 -0.765
37 Travis Kvapil Ford Aloft Hotels 27.040 -0.782
38 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 27.062 -0.804
39 Mike Bliss Ford Veterans United Home Loans 27.184 -0.926
40 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Luke & Associates 27.417 -1.159
41 J.J. Yeley Ford Vampt 27.911 -1.653
42 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 29.252 -2.994
43 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 27.157 -0.899
44 Scott Riggs Toyota North Texas Pipe 27.336 -1.078
45 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 27.355 -1.097
46 Andy Lally Ford TRG Motorsports 28.215 -1.957

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