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Martin Truex Jr. fires to Texas pole

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Saturday 14th April, 2012 - 10:24am

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Only in Texas does the pole man get to fire a rifle

Martin Truex Jr. has taken his first pole position of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season setting the fast time for the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

It his second pole at Texas and the seventh of his career. The driver of the No. 56 Toyota posted a lap at 306.3692 km/h (28.366 seconds) to edge defending race winner Matt Kenseth (306.0135 km/h) for the top starting spot.

Kenseth was .004 seconds faster than championship leader and Roush Fenway team-mate Greg Biffle.

With the pole secure, Truex will try to win his first race since June 2007, when he claimed his only Cup victory at Dover.

“That’s our main goal,” said Truex.

“This team’s good enough. We can get to Victory Lane. We’re going to do it soon. I feel good about this team. I’m just having so much fun coming to the race track and driving these cars.

“We’re going to make them proud here pretty quick.”

A very positive qualifying session for Australia’s Marcos Ambrose who qualified his Ford in seventh spot.

“That was one of our best efforts this season,” said Ambrose.

“We’re happy that we’re going to be starting up front, but I think we’re more happy that we have a good car for the race.

“This starting spot will make it easier on us tomorrow night. We want this Stanley Ford Fusion up there all night.”

The race will be run tomorrow morning Australian time with coverage on One HD and SPEED from 9am (Eastern Standard Time).

RACE LINEUP : Samsung Mobile 500 | Texas Motor Speedway

POS

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

MPH

TIME

BEHIND

1 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 190.369 28.366 Leader
2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 190.148 28.399 -0.033
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 190.121 28.403 -0.037
4 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s 2011 Best of the Best 190.020 28.418 -0.052
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 189.633 28.476 -0.110
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 189.494 28.497 -0.131
7 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 189.467 28.501 -0.135
8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 189.381 28.514 -0.148
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 189.294 28.527 -0.161
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 189.281 28.529 -0.163
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 189.082 28.559 -0.193
12 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 189.023 28.568 -0.202
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office / March of Dimes 188.884 28.589 -0.223
14 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 188.805 28.601 -0.235
15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 188.653 28.624 -0.258
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 188.442 28.656 -0.290
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 188.298 28.678 -0.312
18 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 188.291 28.679 -0.313
19 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 188.186 28.695 -0.329
20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 187.957 28.730 -0.364
21 34 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners 187.872 28.743 -0.377
22 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 187.813 28.752 -0.386
23 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 187.748 28.762 -0.396
24 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 187.676 28.773 -0.407
25 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 187.539 28.794 -0.428
26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 187.292 28.832 -0.466
27 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 187.182 28.849 -0.483
28 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 187.110 28.860 -0.494
29 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy / Office Depot 186.994 28.878 -0.512
30 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans 186.981 28.880 -0.514
31 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Accell Construction 186.664 28.929 -0.563
32 26 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 186.361 28.976 -0.610
33 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 185.925 29.044 -0.678
34 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years 185.605 29.094 -0.728
35 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 185.605 29.094 -0.728
36 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota JPO Absorbents 185.542 29.104 -0.738
37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 185.191 29.159 -0.793
38 195 Scott Speed Ford Tommy Williams Drywall 185.122 29.170 -0.804
39 32 Reed Sorenson Ford Jani-King 184.824 29.217 -0.851
40 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe / Embassy Suites 184.748 29.229 -0.863
41 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 184.729 29.232 -0.866
42 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 184.716 29.234 -0.868
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 184.376 29.288 -0.922
DNQ 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With an Engine 183.275 29.464 -1.098
DNQ 33 Tony Raines Chevrolet Precon Marine 181.824 29.699 -1.333
DNQ 74 Stacy Compton Chevrolet Turn One Racing 181.038 29.828 -1.462

* Rookie

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