Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/18/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2009 in Avondale, AZ. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
SPARTA, KENTUCKY- Nothing is going to sell more tickets for tomorrow night’s Quaker State 400 at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway than what just happened. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to start on the pole for Saturday night’s race as he blistered the old track record with a new record lap of 183.636 mph in the No. 88 National Guard/Youth Foundation Chevrolet. That should make Junior Nation very happy entering tomorrow nights race as Earnhardt now has the best opportunity than anyone to end up the victory after 400 miles of racing. Joining Earnhardt on the front row is Roush/Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards. The driver of the No. 99 UPS Ford had a solid run here last year and nearly beat Earnhardt’s record lap with a speed of 183.306 mph. It’s Edwards’ best start at Kentucky as he’s been fast since they’ve unloaded this morning. Earnhardt’s Hendrick Racing teammate Jimmie Johnson who was quickest in final practice will start third. The five-time Sprint Cup champion broke his old track record set last year early in the session with a speed of 183.144 mph and gave Hendrick two cars in the top three spots. Lining up next to Johnson is the inaugural Quaker State 400 pole and race winner Kyle Busch. The youngest of the Busch brothers set a lap of 182.593 mph in the No. 18 Doublemint Toyota. Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top five in today’s qualifying session with a lap of 182.587 mph. Tomorrow night’s race will be the third at Kentucky Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series as once again track position should be key. Drivers have said all day passing will be hard with the track’s banking and surface and track position is going to be huge. Quaker State 400 Starting Line-Up: Row 1: 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.   99 Carl Edwards Row 2: 48 Jimmie Johnson        18 Kyle Busch Row 3:   9 Marco Amborse         11 Denny Hamlin Row 4: 39 Ryan Newman            2 Brad Keselowski Row 5:  55 Brian Vickers             42 Juan Pablo Montoya Row 6: 22 Joey Logano               24 Jeff Gordon Row 7: 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 31 Jeff Burton Row 8: 15 Clint Bowyer              20 Matt Kenseth Row 9: 47 A.J. Allmendinger   43 Aric Almirola Row 10: 56 Martin Truex Jr.    16 Greg Biffle Row 11:   5 Kasey Kahne              29 Kevin Harvick Row 12:    1 Jamie McMurray   27 Paul Menard Row 13: 14 Tony Stewart           51 Austin Dillon Row 14: 78 Kurt Busch               30 David Stremme Row 15: 10 Danica Patrick         33 Landon Cassill Row 16: 13 Casey Mears               7 Dave Blaney Row 17: 98 Michael McDowell   38 David Gilliland Row 18: 36 J.J. Yeley                   83 David Reutimann Row 19: 35 Josh Wise                    34 David Ragan Row 20: 19 Mike Bliss                   93 Travis Kvapil Row 21: 87 Joe Nemechek          44 Scott Riggs Row 22: 32 Ken Schrader Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins the Pole at Kentucky in Record Fashion appeared first on Race Review Online.
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