First Pole On Montoyas Plate

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Juan Pablo Montoya continued Earnardt Ganassi Racing's solid restrictor-plate qualifying effort this season when he claimed the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Montoya topped the field in Saturday's qualifying session with a lap of 188.171 mph to earn the pole. His EGR teammate Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the last plate race, the Daytona 500 back in February.

"Getting our first pole is big," Montoya said. "Takes the weight off of everybody’s shoulders. It shows where the team is heading. It is very encouraging.

“It is pretty cool. Driving this Tums Chevy here is exciting, everybody at Target as well. Everybody that supports this program that believes in us. It really shows where the team is heading. Hopefully it is the first of many."

Greg Biffle put his Roush Fenway Racing Ford outside the front row with a lap of 188.171 mph.

"I’m really excited about the lap," said Biffle. "The last time we had a restrictor plate car this good was 2004 at the Daytona 500. The thing about it is we’re basically qualifying in race trim, so I feel good about the race tomorrow. We’ve got a really fast car and an opportunity to run up front and stay up front. It’s a big confidence boost for the team because they spend a tremendous amount of time working on these cars, and the engine shop."

Truex Jr. was third fastest with Sam Hornish Jr. and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

Regan Smith, Mark Martin, Scott Speed, Brad Keselowski and David Ragan completed the top 10 qualifiers.

Smith, who came close to winning his first career Sprint Cup race last October at Talladega but was ruled out of bounds by NASCAR and the final run to the checkered flag with Tony Stewart, was fastest among the go-or-go-home cars at 187.897 mph.

Qualifying was delayed for a bit after David Stremme lost an engine in his No. 12 Dodge on his second lap. Stremme will start the race at the rear of the field.

Robby Gordon and Reed Sorenson had their qualifying times disallowed after their cars were found to be too low in post-qualifying inspection. They too will drop to the rear of the field.

Eric McClure and Michael McDowell failed to qualify for the race.

Sunday's Aaron's 499 is slated for a 2 p.m. (ET) green flag.

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