Montoya Races To Cup Pole At Richmond
Juan Pablo Montoya on Friday won the pole for Saturday night’s Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 Sprint Cup Race at Richmond International Raceway.
Montoya, in an Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, had a fast lap at 128.639 mph to win the pole.
It was Montoya’s second pole of the season as he was fastest in qualifying at Auto Club Speedway. It was the seventh of his Cup career.
Montoya will take the green flag on Saturday ninth in Sprint Cup points.
“It was exciting,” he said. “Second pole of the year, I’m pretty pumped.
“It was good and I am really happy. We were faster in the second practice and we matched it in qualifying and I am pretty excited about it to be honest.”
Second fastest was Regan Smith of Furniture Row Motorsports. He had a fast lap at 128.382 mph.
“It doesn’t take away from the great car we have got. A great job by these guys on the Furniture Row Chevrolet,” Smith said of must missing the pole. “Qualifying has been great. We really wanted to get a pole. I wanted to get that out of the way and then we can start getting those top-10s and top-fives and all the other stuff.”
Third was Clint Bowyer of Richard Childress Racing. Bowyer’s best lap was at 128.272 mph.
“Yes, we have a good car and did a good job all day long. It is still a long road to hoe, but starting up front is good.” Bowyer said.
Kasey Kahne of Red Bull Racing was fourth and Mark Martin of Hendrick Motorsports was fifth.
Sixth was Jeff Gordon. Rounding out the top 10 were Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Paul Menard.
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