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Matt Kenseth captures pole for the Kobalt Tools 500 from PIR

Matt Kenseth captures the Coors Light Pole for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 from Phoenix International Raceway. Kenseth's lap was 137.101 miles per hour in his No. 17 Ford Mustang. 

This was Kenseth's third pole of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the eighth in his career in the series. 

Richard Petty Motorsports teammates AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top three spots.

Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, Carl Edwards will start ninth while the man trying to capture the lead and the trophy, Tony Stewart qualified one spot ahead of him. Qualifying was crucial for both drivers because with the new track configuration its very hard to pass. Many drivers have had a hard time this weekend finding the outside groove.

Coverage for the Kobalt Tools 500 from Phoenix International Raceway is Sunday starting with NASCAR Countdown at 2:00pm EST on ESPN. Once again, Tony Stewart is the in-race reporter. Who do you think will win? My pick for the race Carl Edwards. 

Starting Lineup after the jump. As always, the drivers highlighted are apart of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Cup.


Starting Lineup:

1. Matt Kenseth
2. A J Allmendinger
3. Marcos Ambrose
4. Mark Martin
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Jamie McMurray
7. David Reutimann
8. Tony Stewart
9. Carl Edwards
10. Kasey Kahne
11. Paul Menard
12. Brad Keselowski
13. David Ragan
14. Jeff Burton
15. Regan Smith
16. Jimmie Johnson
17. Kurt Busch
18. Brian Vickers
19. Cole Whitt
20. Robby Gordon
21. Landon Cassill
22. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
23. Jeff Gordon
24. Scott Speed
25. Joey Logano
26. Juan Pablo Montoya
27. Kevin Harvick
28. Clint Bowyer
29. Greg Biffle
30. Ryan Newman
31. Bobby Labonte
32. Joe Nemechek
33. Denny Hamlin
34. Kyle Busch
35. Michael McDowell
36. Mike Skinner
37. Travis Kvapil
38. Casey Mears
39. Mike Bliss
40. Geoffrey Bodine
41. JJ Yeley
42. David Gililland
43. Dave Blaney

DNQ:
# 23 Scott Riggs
# 30 David Stremme
# 71 Andy Lally



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