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Truex Triangulates In On Pocono Pole

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, July 29 2016
Martin Truex Jr. is on the pole in Pocono.(RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

Martin Truex Jr. is on the pole in Pocono.(RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

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Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Friday afternoon.

Truex covered the distance in 50.211 seconds, .104 seconds faster than Carl Edwards (178.873 mph), who was second fastest.

Truex got the pole by being especially quick in Turn 2 of the 2.5-mile triangular superspeedway.

“For whatever reason, today—all day long—I felt comfortable there, more so than past times here,” the Furniture Row Racing driver said. “The first race here (in June) we really struggled in the Tunnel Turn.

“We kind of focused on it a little bit coming back, as far as just making sure it was closer to Turn 1 and Turn 3 and not something that would really handcuff us so bad. So maybe that had something to do with it—I’m not sure—but it just kind of worked out that way, for whatever reason.

“Each round I felt a little bit more comfortable and was able to gain a little more time there, and the third round I was able to just kind of sail off in there and get a little bit lucky and hit it right. It’s one of those corners that, if you take a risk going in, nine out of 10 times it doesn’t pay off coming out of the corner. This time it did, and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Edwards loved his lap in the final round of the qualifying session and thought it was good enough to win the pole.

“As I crossed the line, I felt like, ‘That’s it’,” said Edwards, who was a close second to Kyle Busch in pole qualifying last week at Indianapolis.  “But after seeing what (Truex) ran, I thought ‘Well, maybe I could go back and change this or that,’ but that was a really good lap for me. It just was.

“You can always go back and pick your lap apart, but the last two weeks, Indy and here, I was pretty proud of my lap, and they just got us.”

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Pennsylvania 400
Pocono Raceway
Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Friday, July 29, 2016

  1. (78)  Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 179.244 mph.
  2. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 178.873 mph.
  3. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 178.671 mph.
  4. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 178.540 mph.
  5. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 178.433 mph.
  6. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 178.394 mph.
  7. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 178.359 mph.
  8. (24)  Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 177.571 mph.
  9. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 177.413 mph.
  10. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 177.151 mph.
  11. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 177.082 mph.
  12. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 176.835 mph.
  13. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 177.322 mph.
  14. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 177.281 mph.
  15. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 177.183 mph.
  16. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 177.054 mph.
  17. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 176.988 mph.
  18. (21)  Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 176.880 mph.
  19. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 176.574 mph.
  20. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 176.478 mph.
  21. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 176.091 mph.
  22. (34)  Chris Buescher #, Ford, 176.084 mph.
  23. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 175.901 mph.
  24. (88)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 175.706 mph.
  25. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 175.603 mph.
  26. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 175.404 mph.
  27. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 174.985 mph.
  28. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 174.257 mph.
  29. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 174.236 mph.
  30. (7)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 173.826 mph.
  31. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 173.534 mph.
  32. (38)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 173.491 mph.
  33. (23)  David Ragan, Toyota, 173.077 mph.
  34. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 172.874 mph.
  35. (44)  Brian Scott #, Ford, 172.209 mph.
  36. (98)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 171.716 mph.
  37. (32)  Jeb Burton(i), Ford, 171.429 mph.
  38. (30)  Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 170.451 mph.
  39. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 169.750 mph.
  40. (55)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 158.615 mph.
| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, July 29 2016
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