Kansas Pole to Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger

Allmendinger turned a lap of 175.993 mph in his Penske Racing Dodge to take his second career series pole. (Photo: Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. - AJ Allmendinger scored his first career Sprint Cup Series pole at Kansas Speedway earning the top spot for Sunday’s STP 400.

Allmendinger turned a lap of 175.993 mph in his Penske Racing Dodge to take his second career series pole.

It was the second straight pole in the early Kansas race for Penske after Kurt Busch earned the number one starting spot in the 2011 edition of the race.

“Just a great lap and this team has been working so hard this year,” said Allmendinger. “We’ve had a good weekend so far across the board with Penske Racing and hopefully we can get this to carry through to tomorrow’s race.”

Allmendinger, who finished second two races ago at Martinsville, believes his team is close to being a weekly contender going forward.

"We need to be faster throughout a whole race,” Allmendinger said. “When we do figure it out, we have potential to win a lot of races.

"I love being part of Penske. I put a lot of pressure on my own shoulders to win poles and races... because they're so used to it."

Kevin Harvick will start outside the front row in the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Joey Logano, who was forced to change an engine after blowing his primary power plant in Friday’s practice session, qualified third but will have to start at the rear of the field because of the change.

Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the first five qualifiers.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hornish Jr. and defending race winner Brad Keselowski round out the top 10 starters.

Three drivers failed to qualify for Sunday’s race; Tim Andrews, Jeff Green and Tony Raines.

Live coverage of Sunday’s STP 400 will begin at 12 Noon (ET) on the Motor Racing Network. Be sure to tune to your local radio station for all the action. If you can't hear the broadcast, try your local station's website for free live streaming or listen here at MotorRacingNetwork.com.

MotorRacingNetwork.com will also be trackside at Kansas for complete coverage including breaking news, results, statistics, photos, audio, video and post race analysis.

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