NASCAR Richmond Starting Lineup: David Reutimann Leads Chase Cutoff Race Qualifying

David Reutimann won't be making NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup this season, but that didn't slow him down during qualifying for the Chase cutoff race on Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

Reutimann grabbed a surprising pole position – his first since May 2009 at Dover – to lead the starting lineup for Saturday night's Wonderful Pistachios 400.

"It's been a little bit of a dry spell," Reutimann said. "I think what you're seeing here is a direct result of (the team) doing something different."

The pole was the third of Reutimann's career, and it came via his speed of 127.383 mph. Jamie McMurray (127.334) was second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer.

"I was really happy with that," McMurray said. "You run those laps sometimes, and you know when you have a good one. I felt like that was going to be close to the fastest lap."

Richard Childress Racing teammates Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick were next, and Carl Edwards, AJ Allmendinger and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top 10.

"I'm a little bummed out at myself on that first lap," Johnson said. "That car was capable of sitting on the pole today and I just underdrove it a little bit. I'll get over this here in a little bit and move on."

Here's the NASCAR starting lineup for Richmond International Raceway:

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