Brickyard 400 Pole To Montoya

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After leading both practice sessions on Friday, Juan Pablo Montoya remains the fastest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he scored the pole for the Brickyard 400.

Montoya's lap of 182.178 mph earned the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver of the Target Chevrolet his fourth career pole and his second of the 2010 season.

Montoya led 116 laps of last year's race but saw any chance of victory washed away when he was penalized for speeding on pit road.

The winner of the 2000 Indianapolis 500 is hoping his number one starting spot will lead to a victory in Sunday's race.

“It was a good lap … I think in two the car got a little tight, then free coming off,” Montoya said. “Everywhere else was pretty good.”

Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson qualified second and Montoya believes he will be one of the major challengers for victory lane.

“You know we are first and fourth and our biggest threat was the 48 and he is right there," Montoya said, referring to his EGR teammate Jamie McMurray. "There is still a long way to go. It's still Saturday and we still have got to run tomorrow; I think we just have to be smart and give ourselves a chance to try to win it.”

Mark Martin qualified third with Ryan Newman rounding out the top five.

Four drivers failed to make the 43-car field: David Gilliland, Casey Mears, David Stremme and J.J. Yeley.

Sunday's Brickyard 400 is slated for a 1:15 p.m. ET green flag.


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