AJ Allmendinger grabs Kansas pole

AJ Allmendinger celebrates winning the Kansas pole

AJ Allmendinger has taken pole for this weekend’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, posting a lap at 283.233 km/h (30.683 seconds).

In winning the second Coors Light pole award of his career, his first since 2010 at Phoenix and his first since joining Penske Racing this season, Allmendinger edged Kevin Harvick (282.837 km/h) by .043 seconds at the 1.5-mile intermediate speedway.

Joey Logano, the first driver to make a qualifying run, was third fastest at 282.800 km/h but must start from the rear on Sunday because of an engine change during Friday’s practice session. Denny Hamlin, Logano’s teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, claimed the fourth starting spot at 282.709 km/h, with Mark Martin (282.414 km/h) posting the fifth-fastest lap.

After finishing second at Martinsville to Ryan Newman in the sixth Cup race of the season, Allmendinger was gratified to continue the momentum for his No. 22 Penske Racing team.

“More than anything, I put so much pressure on my shoulders to go out there and perform,” Allmendinger said.

“They [his Penske team] are used to winning, running up front, getting poles. It’s good just to build momentum.

“So, hopefully, we have a solid 400 miles. It’s good, but we know the bigger picture’s on Sunday, and I’m happy to be part of the team.”

A tough session for the Fords, Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle qualified 17th at 281.162 km/h, the fastest of all the Blue Oval drivers, while Australia’s Marcos will start 28th.

“It’s disappointing,” said Ambrose.

“We’ve been struggling since we got here. We’ve been hitting the track with the splitter since we got here and we’re still hitting the track.

“We’re trying hard to get a good race package in, but we’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to find out what we’ve got.”

Tim Andrews, Jeff Green and Tony Raines failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

RACE LINEUP

STP 400 | Kansas Speedway –  Race 8 of 36

POS

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED

TIME

BEHIND

1 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge AAA 175.993 30.683 Leader
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 175.747 30.726 -0.043
3 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 175.724 30.730 -0.047
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 175.667 30.740 -0.057
5 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 175.484 30.772 -0.089
6 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 175.444 30.779 -0.096
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 175.313 30.802 -0.119
8 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 175.302 30.804 -0.121
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 175.092 30.841 -0.158
10 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge SKF 175.086 30.842 -0.159
11 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 175.063 30.846 -0.163
12 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 174.927 30.870 -0.187
13 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 174.887 30.877 -0.194
14 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 174.876 30.879 -0.196
15 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s “Chevrolet Mountain Green” 174.803 30.892 -0.209
16 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Accell Construction 174.803 30.892 -0.209
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Novec 1230 174.706 30.909 -0.226
18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 174.486 30.948 -0.265
19 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Zecol / Menards 174.323 30.977 -0.294
20 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 174.261 30.988 -0.305
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 174.244 30.991 -0.308
22 38 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 174.171 31.004 -0.321
23 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 174.143 31.009 -0.326
24 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 174.031 31.029 -0.346
25 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 174.020 31.031 -0.348
26 43 Aric Almirola Ford STP 174.003 31.034 -0.351
27 34 David Ragan Ford Barrett-Jackson 173.947 31.044 -0.361
28 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 173.863 31.059 -0.376
29 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 173.756 31.078 -0.395
30 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Reese Towpower / Highland 173.745 31.080 -0.397
31 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota JPO Absorbents 173.516 31.121 -0.438
32 83 Landon Cassill Toyota BK Strawberry Banana Smoothie / Dr Pepper 173.388 31.144 -0.461
33 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 173.383 31.145 -0.462
34 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 173.249 31.169 -0.486
35 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota BK Tropical Mango Smoothie / Dr Pepper 173.221 31.174 -0.491
36 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 173.182 31.181 -0.498
37 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 173.155 31.186 -0.503
38 26 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 172.756 31.258 -0.575
39 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 172.507 31.303 -0.620
40 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 171.986 31.398 -0.715
41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 171.625 31.464 -0.781
42 32 Reed Sorenson+ Ford FAS Lane Racing 170.057 31.754 -1.071
43 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 171.396 31.506 -0.823
 

Did Not Qualify

44 179 Tim Andrews Ford BBI Waste Industries / Bestway Disposal 170.989 31.581 -0.898
45 33 Jeff Green Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 169.769 31.808 -1.125
46 74 Tony Raines Chevrolet Turn One Racing 169.444 31.869 -1.186

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

 

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