NASCAR At Texas Motor Speedway 2012: Starting Lineup For Samsung Mobile 500

Martin Truex Jr. picked up his first pole position of the year on Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway and will lead the starting lineup for Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500.

The pole was the first at a 1.5-mile track for Truex since 2009 and just the seventh overall in his NASCAR career.

"We've come a long way," said Truex, who enters Texas tied for third in points. "We're starting to gel as a team. We're not there yet."

Roush Fenway Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle qualified second and third, followed by Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman.

Marcos Ambrose, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10.

Three drivers failed to qualify for Saturday's race: David Stremme, Joe Nemechek and Stacy Compton, who was attempting to make his first Cup race since 2003.

Here is the starting lineup for Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway:

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