NASCAR Qualifying Results: AJ Allmendinger Wins Pole for Kansas Speedway

  on April 21 2012 8:44 PM

AJ Allmendinger sits atop the NASCAR qualifying results for the Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway that will take place on Sunday, his pole position only the second of his career and his first this season.

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Allmendinger is looking for the first win of his Sprint Cup career. (Reuters/Chris Keane)

Allmendinger, who finished qualifying with an average speed of 175.993, had won the pole just one other time in the previous 159 races of his career, back in April 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway. He will look to utilize the Kansas Speedway pole to his advantage and become only the second winner of the STP 400, which was instituted in 2011.

I didn't think the lap was amazing, said Allmendinger. I thought it was OK. I was kind of shocked by it. Everybody has been working hard. We're getting closer -- we're not where we want to be at.

Kevin Harvick missed out on his first pole since 2006 by qualifying second (175.747 mph).

Joey Logano had the first qualifying spot, but qualified third (175.724 mph). Nevertheless, after an engine change, he will start from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin qualified fourth and fifth, respectively.

Tim Andrews, Jeff Green, Tony Raines did not qualify.

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway:

1          AJ Allmendinger         175.993 mph

2          Kevin Harvick             175.747 mph

3          Joey Logano                175.724 mph

4          Denny Hamlin             175.667 mph

5          Mark Martin                175.484 mph

6          Martin Truex Jr.          175.444 mph

7          Dale Earnhardt Jr.       175.313 mph

8          Clint Bowyer              175.302 mph

9          Kasey Kahne               175.092 mph

10        Sam Hornish Jr.           175.086 mph

11        Brad Keselowski         175.063 mph

12        Jeff Burton                  174.927 mph

13        Ryan Newman                        174.887 mph

14        Kurt Busch                  174.876 mph

15        Jimmie Johnson           174.803 mph

16        David Reutimann        174.803 mph

17        Greg Biffle                  174.706 mph

18        Matt Kenseth              174.486 mph

19        Paul Menard                174.323 mph

20        Jeff Gordon                174.261 mph

21        Carl Edwards              174.244 mph

22        David Gilliland           174.171 mph

23        Tony Stewart              174.143 mph

24        David Stremme           174.031 mph

25        Kyle Busch                 174.020 mph

26        Aric Almirola              174.003 mph

27        David Ragan               173.947 mph

28        Marcos Ambrose         173.863 mph

29        Regan Smith               173.756 mph

30        Bobby Labonte           173.745 mph

31        J.J. Yeley                     173.516 mph

32        Landon Cassill            173.388 mph

33        Dave Blaney               173.383 mph

34        Scott Riggs                 173.249 mph

35        Travis Kvapil               173.221 mph

36        Jamie McMurray         173.182 mph

37        Michael McDowell     173.155 mph

38        Josh Wise                    172.756 mph

39        Juan Pablo Montoya   172.507 mph

40        Casey Mears                171.985 mph

41        Joe Nemechek             171.625 mph

42        Reed Sorenson            170.057 mph

43        Mike Bliss                   171.396 mph

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