Saturday, October 1, 2011

Truex Jr Takes Dover Pole

Sporting News Wire Service

DOVER, Del.—Martin Truex Jr. returned to the site of his only NASCAR Sprint Cup victory and found success again Saturday afternoon, winning the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Truex, who claimed his first Coors Light pole award of the season and the sixth of his career, will start the third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup next to Kurt Busch, the highest qualifying driver eligible for the Sprint Cup championship.

Martin Truex Jr.'s only Sprint Cup Series win came at Dover in 2007. (AP Photo)Truex turned a lap at 159.004 mph (22.641 seconds) to edge Busch (158.983 mph) for the top starting spot. Paul Menard (158.667 mph) qualified third, followed by Chase drivers Carl Edwards (158.555 mph) and Kyle Busch (158.548 mph).

Chase leader Tony Stewart will start 28th. Kevin Harvick, second in the standings, seven points behind Stewart, starts 22nd.

Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Starting Lineup

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