NASCAR Dover Starting Lineup: Martin Truex Jr. Leads Qualifying For Third Chase Race Of 2011

Martin Truex Jr. has a knack for running well at his home track, and in doing so he took a little bit of the spotlight away from NASCAR's Chase drivers – at least for a day.

Truex won the pole for Sunday's Dover International Speedway race, and will lead the starting lineup ahead of Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver earned his fifth career pole, and first since May 2010 – when he also won it at Dover. Truex, a New Jersey native, won his only career Cup race at Dover.

Truex was the only driver to top 159 mph (Busch had an average lap speed of 158.983) and surprisingly one of nine non-Chase drivers in the top 14.

Jimmie Johnson was sixth, Denny Hamlin 11th and Brad Keselowski 15th, but other Chase drivers struggled.

Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick occupied spots 20-22, and points leader Tony Stewart faltered with a 28th-place qualifying run.

Jeff Gordon was the lowest-qualifying Chase driver of all, managing just a 34th-place starting spot.

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR race at Dover (Chase driver names in bold):

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