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AJ Allmendinger Takes Pole for 2012 STP 400 at Kansas

AJ Allmendinger took the pole for the STP 400 by just 0.043 seconds on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. It was Allmendinger’s first pole position of the season and his first for Penske Racing, which will have three cars starting in the top 11 on Sunday when the green flag flies. Teammates Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski qualified in the 10th and 11th spots, respectively. The driver of the No. 22 AAA Dodge set a fast lap of 30.683 seconds (175.993 mph).

Kevin Harvick took the outside spot on the front row with a lap time of 30.726 seconds. Row two is all Joe Gibbs Racing, all the time, as Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin took third and fourth. Mark Martin rounded out the top five, beating his Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. by just 0.007 seconds.

Truex, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Hornish sealed the top 10 for Sunday’s race. Coverage begins at 12:30 ET on FOX.

2012 STP 400 QUALIFYING SPEEDS

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