August 14, 2011
Allmendinger to start on front row of Sprint Cup race
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - It was no surprise that Kyle Busch put the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Helluva Good Sour Cream Dips at the Glen.
What was a surprise was that A.J. Allmendinger will start beside Busch on the front row in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.
Busch laid down a lap of 126.421 m.p.h. Saturday as the final car to take to the Watkins Glen International 3.902-km road course.
That was just after Allmendinger — a former winner of the Honda Indy Toronto — had ran the 11-turn course at 126.041 m.p.h.
Allmendinger said that he didn’t leave anything on the track.
“Watkins Glen is a race track that you’ve really got to be aggressive on and you can really kind of just hang the car out, and I feel I’ve always been pretty good here,” Allmendinger said. “This is a great starting spot and a great day. We just keep building momentum and hopefully we can get a win. The big thing is to just keep getting better and have a strong finish to the season and build off that.”
His RiPM teammate Marcos Ambrose at 125.984 m.p.h. will start third. Jimmie Johnson at 125.663 m.p.h. was fourth.
Toronto’s Ron Fellows qualified a disappointing 38th of 43 cars after he momentarily slid into the grass on the Inner Loop in the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet. He registered a lap of 121.993 m.p.h..
The only other Canadian to make the race was Andrew Ranger, who will start 35th in the No. 32 Bull Hill Vineyards Ford after a lap of 122.373 m.p.h.