Tony Stewart Smokes ‘Em For The Pole At Pocono

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)

Tony Stewart laid down a lap of 52.51 seconds, in Coors Light Pole qualifying which was good enough to land the pole for Sunday’s race. If you had a chance to read it, you know Stewart was one of my subjects of ‘What To Watch For’ this weekend. He will start from the best possible position to attempt to get his first victory of the season.

Juan Montoya turned the second quickest lap of the session, and will lineup alongside Stewart on Sunday. Montoya is of course looking to avenge the one that got away last week at Indianapolis.

Denny Hamlin, who has four career wins here at Pocono, will start third followed by Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman.

Here is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race

1. 14 – Tony Stewart

2. 42 – Juan Montoya

3. 11 – Denny Hamlin

4. 24 – Jeff Gordon

5. 39 – Ryan Newman

6. 48 – Jimmie Johnson

7. 43 – A.J. Allmendinger

8. 31 – Jeff Burton

9. 1 – Jamie McMurray

10. 5 – Mark Martin

11. 12 – Brad Keselowski

12. 16 – Greg Biffle

13. 2 – Kurt Busch

14. 29 – Kevin Harvick

15. 77 – Sam Hornish Jr.

16. 9 – Kasey Kahne

17. 20 – Joey Logano

18. 6 – David Ragan

19. 47 – Marcos Ambrose

20. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.

21. 18 – Kyle Busch

22. 71 – Bobby Labonte

23. 98 – Paul Menard

24. 00 – David Reutimann

25. 99 – Carl Edwards

26. 17 – Matt Kenseth

27. 82 – Scott Speed

28. 56 – Martin Truex Jr.

29. 19 – Elliott Sadler

30. 46 – J.J. Yeley

31. 83 – Reed Sorenson

32. 38 – Travis Kvapil

33. 87 – Joe Nemechek

34. 78 – Regan Smith

35. 09 – Landon Cassill

36. 55 – Michael McDowell

37. 37 – David Gilliland

38. 66 – Dave Blaney

39. 36 – Casey Mears

40. 64 – Todd Bodine

41. 33 – Clint Bowyer

42. 34 – Kevin Conway

43. 7 – P.J. Jones (Did Not Attempt Qualifying Run)

Going Home: 26 – David Stremme, 13 – Max Papis

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of TheFinalLap.com and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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