Montoya Paces Auto Club 400 Qualifying
Friday, 25 March 2011 21:25


Juan Pablo Montoya starts from the pole in Sunday's Auto Club 400 after pacing Friday's qualifying session at Auto Club Speedway. It is Montoya's first pole win of 2011 and the sixth of his career.


Montoya's lap at 184.653 mph edged Denny Hamlin's best lap of 184.270 mph. Hamlin's JGR teammate Joey Logano qualified third followed by Regan Smith and Tony Stewart.


"I'm really surprised we qualified that well," said Montoya, whose last NASCAR Sprint Cup pole win came at Talladega in October 2010.


David Ragan, Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Mark Martin start sixth through tenth on Sunday.


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