Kyle Busch on pole for Charlotte All-Star race

Kyle Busch's Joe Gibbs Camry

Kyle Busch's Joe Gibbs Camry

Kyle Busch will start the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star race from pole position after posting the best time in the non-points race’s unique qualifying session.

Busch completed his three-lap qualifying run, which included a four-tyre change from his Joe Gibbs Racing crew, in 119.11s to beat Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman by 0.71s.

Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle will share the second row, while Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Regan Smith rounded out the top 10.

Australian Marcos Ambrose is enjoying his first appearance in the invitation-only All-Star event this year, and will start 18th.

“I had a lot of fun for my first go at it,” said Ambrose after his difficult qualifying run.

“I was worried about getting on pit lane.  I was worried about busting a fast lap.  I was worried about getting forward drive.

“I wasn’t even thinking about the pit box and got in a little deep and got everyone a little flustered, I guess.

“We didn’t have the best pit stop there, but I’m just proud to be an All-Star for a night and looking forward to the race.”

Kasey Kahne will start from 20th in his Hendrick Chevrolet after wrecking during the session.

Meanwhile, Penske Racing’s AJ Allmendinger has edged out Martin Truex for the Sprint Showdown pole position.

The top two finishers in the support race will earn a place at the back of the All-Star grid.

See below for the full All-Star qualifying result







1 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 119.112 Leader
2 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 119.821 -0.709
3 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 120.168 -1.056
4 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / American Red Cross 120.420 -1.308
5 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser / Rheem 120.622 -1.510
6 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Patriotic 121.076 -1.964
7 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / CertainTeed 121.147 -2.035
8 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 121.297 -2.185
9 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 121.482 -2.370
10 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 121.721 -2.609
11 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World 121.861 -2.749
12 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 122.292 -3.180
13 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 122.420 -3.308
14 David Ragan Ford US Shredder 124.183 -5.071
15 Matt Kenseth Ford Fifth Third Bank 125.351 -6.239
16 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 126.624 -7.512
17 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Monster Energy 128.074 -8.962
18 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 128.784 -9.672
19 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 130.436 -11.324
20 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance

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