Earnhardt Jr. on pole – Ambrose on the pace in Kentucky

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from pole in Kentucky

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from pole in Kentucky

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored his first pole of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with a record lap ahead of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

It is 12th career pole of Earnhardt’s career and third top-10 starting spot of the year and it was done with a qualifying speed of 295.534km/h (183.636 mph).

With cloud cover dropping temperatures during the qualifying session, Earnhardt Jr. Got the best of the conditions to better Carl Edwards.

Championship leader Jimmie Johnson will start third while Kyle Busch and Australia’s Marcos Ambrose completed the top five.

“We have had a really tough couple of months and Sonoma (last week) was good for us,” said Ambrose .

“We had a lot of speed in the car there and just didn’t get the result we wanted. Here we have had speed all day and have made the most of it.

“That was really good for us. We are excited for a top-10 start here. We will have to see what we have for the race. I feel really good about our car in race trim as well so that is good.”

Nine drivers exceeded the previous qualifying record.

VIDEO: Earnhardt Jr’s pole lap in Kentucky

QUALIFYING: Quaker State 400 – Kansas Speedway

POS 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Behind

1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard Youth Foundation 183.636 29.406

2

Carl Edwards 99 Ford UPS 183.306 +0.053

3

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s Dover White 183.144 +0.079

4

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Doublemint 182.593 +0.168

5

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Mac Tools 182.587 +0.169

6

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Office 182.340 +0.209

7

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 182.254 +0.223

8

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 182.192 +0.233

9

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota Aaron’s / University of Louisville National Championship 181.922 +0.277

10

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 181.720 +0.310

11

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 181.708 +0.312

12

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 181.653 +0.321

13

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Fifth Third Bank 181.391 +0.364

14

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Utility Trailers 181.360 +0.369

15

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 30th Camry Anniversary 181.159 +0.402

16

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General 181.111 +0.410

17

AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota Scott Products 180.892 +0.446

18

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Eckrich 180.868 +0.450

19

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 180.832 +0.456

20

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 180.765 +0.467

21

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Quaker State 180.638 +0.488

22

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 180.578 +0.498

23

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet Hellmann’s 180.445 +0.520

24

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Sylvania 179.970 +0.599

25

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 179.964 +0.600

26

Austin Dillon 51 Chevrolet Alsco 179.802 +0.627

27

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing-Sealy 179.390 +0.696

28

David Stremme 30 Toyota Lean 1 179.075 +0.749

29

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 178.944 +0.771

30

Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 178.265 +0.886

31

Casey Mears 13 Ford Valvoline NextGen 178.235 +0.891

32

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Sany 177.983 +0.934

33

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 177.713 +0.980

34

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 177.486 +1.019

35

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment 176.638 +1.165

36

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 176.488 +1.191

37

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 176.384 +1.209

38

David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell 176.344 +1.216

39

Mike Bliss 19 Toyota Plinker Tactical 175.816 +1.308

40

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 175.707 +1.327

41

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA 175.234 +1.410

42

Ken Schrader 32 Ford Federated Auto Parts 172.988 +1.810

43

Scott Riggs 44 Ford No Label 175.143 +1.426

 

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