Montoya Pocono Pole Winner

Juan Pablo Montoya

Montoya captured his eighth career pole. (Photo: Getty Images)


Juan Pablo Montoya won his first pole since April 2011 on Saturday in qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Montoya went out 16th in the qualifying order and posted a lap of 176.043 mph to become the 15th different Coors Light Pole winner this season.

"Our Target Chevy has been pretty good this week," Montoya said. "We have done a lot of work on the cars lately."

Four-time Pocono winner Denny Hamlin also went out early and qualified second with a lap of 175.795 mph.

"I was thinking 15th when I initially went," Hamlin said. "I think that like Paul (Menard) said, we reaped some benefits of going early. Had we gone late we probably wouldn't be very good at all at this point. You just never know how the clouds are going to fall. I've gone late here in the past and been the best because it clouds up later in the day."

Paul Menard, who has finished in the top 10 in his last two Pocono starts, qualified a back-up car in the third spot.

Kasey Kahne was the fastest among the drivers that went out late in qualifying in fourth.
Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top five.

"The Farmers Insurance Chevy was balanced really well," Kahne said. "I was bouncing a little bit through the tunnel turn I got a little tight because of that. I had good grip around the whole track and it was a fairly easy lap. The car had a lot of grip hopefully it will be the same tomorrow.”

Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson completed the top 10.

Johnson, last weekend's winner at Indianapolis, was the last driver to qualify.

“The car was awesome," Johnson said. "I made a huge mistake so I’m pretty disappointed in myself for being so aggressive and I cost us a shot at the pole. Still with one huge mistake and then a second mistake trying to make up for what I lost, I still ended up tenth. We have a very fast race car and I’m just disappointed in myself for driving too hard.”

Stephen Leicht failed to qualify for the 160-lap race.

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