Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 | Pocono Raceway

Aug 4, 2012; Long Pond, PA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Montoya (42) during qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE


Wow, Dale Jr. is the points leader and Juan Montoya is on the pole for this week's race.

I wonder if these are just ‘flukes' or if this trend will continue as the season progresses. I mean Dale Jr. has been hanging out in the top 5 of the points for a while, but Montoya hasn't had a strong year so far - perhaps this pole is a start to better things for the 42 team.

Look for Hamlin and Gordon to have good runs at Pocono today. I even expect to see Dale Jr. finishing with a top 10 today, perhaps top 5 if his crew plays it right in the pits.

Starting line-up is after the jump. See you on the other side.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 176.043 51.124 Leader
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 175.795 51.196 -0.072
3 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Serta 175.627 51.245 -0.121
4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 175.439 51.300 -0.176
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 175.432 51.302 -0.178
6 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 175.339 51.329 -0.205
7 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Zest 175.169 51.379 -0.255
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / AMP Energy / National Guard 175.131 51.390 -0.266
9 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation / Quicken Loans 175.097 51.400 -0.276
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 175.067 51.409 -0.285
11 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 175.036 51.418 -0.294
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 174.964 51.439 -0.315
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford Automotive Lift Institute 174.805 51.486 -0.362
14 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 174.795 51.489 -0.365
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 174.618 51.541 -0.417
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Allstate 174.561 51.558 -0.434
17 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 174.432 51.596 -0.472
18 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 174.419 51.600 -0.476
19 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 174.314 51.631 -0.507
20 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 174.277 51.642 -0.518
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 174.213 51.661 -0.537
22 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 174.162 51.676 -0.552
23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Enersys / Odyssey Battery 173.920 51.748 -0.624
24 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet TMone.com 173.571 51.852 -0.728
25 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 173.524 51.866 -0.742
26 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 173.410 51.900 -0.776
27 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 173.300 51.933 -0.809
28 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot "Back to School" 173.197 51.964 -0.840
29 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 172.864 52.064 -0.940
30 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 172.619 52.138 -1.014
31 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 172.371 52.213 -1.089
32 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 172.038 52.314 -1.190
33 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 171.917 52.351 -1.227
34 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 171.913 52.352 -1.228
35 37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Max Q Motorsports 171.808 52.384 -1.260
36 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 171.638 52.436 -1.312
37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 171.246 52.556 -1.432
38 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 170.804 52.692 -1.568
39 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 170.658 52.737 -1.613
40 191 Reed Sorenson Ford Plinker Tactical 170.581 52.761 -1.637
41 32 Jason White+ Ford Zaxby's 167.876 53.611 -2.487
42 36 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet @TMone / CRM Hiring Veterans - - -
43 98 Mike Skinner Ford TRAQM.com 170.516 52.781 -1.657
Did Not Qualify
44 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes
Autos.com
170.487 52.790 -1.666
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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