Juan Pablo Montoya Qualifies Second Fast at Kansas
Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet, captured the second starting spot for the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. It is the third front row appearance for Montoya this season.
Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet, was sixth quickest of the 43-cars qualified for the 267-mile/400.5-mile race.
Paul Menard, No. 27 Zecol/Menards Chevrolet, will start ninth and last week's Coca-Cola 600 winner Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet, will take the green flag from the 10th starting position.
A total of 18 Chevrolet drivers will start the 13th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Kurt Busch (Dodge) was the pole sitter. Kyle Busch (Toyota), Brian Vickers (Toyota) and Joey Logano (Toyota) complete the top-five qualifiers.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 2nd –
WITH THE HEAT AND WITH THE CLOUDS GOING AWAY IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE FIRST TO GO OUT WOULD BE THE FASTEST, IS THAT RIGHT? “Well, that’s the way we did everything yesterday. It was a good lap. It should have been better. I got pretty loose in (Turns) 3 and 4 and lost a ton of time there. But I think we’ve got a really good race car. This Target Chevy has been pretty good this past couple of weeks; so I’m pretty excited. We only did one qualifying run yesterday and we aborted it. So actually to run as fast as we did today, I’m pretty happy.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD’S CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 6TH
ON HIS LAP: “I have to tell I am pleasantly surprised by the lap that we put down. I think that going out early maybe helped us with the track temperature. It heated up quite a bit after we went out. We tried a lot of things on our car yesterday for race set up and didn’t spend too much effort on qualifying. I think the track position will be important here tomorrow, so it will help to start close to the front.”
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 10th
“We were terrible yesterday in Qualifying trim. We were much better speed-wise today. All-in-all it was okay.”
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 ZECOL/MENARDS CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 9th
“Going out early was very important. Actually we had a good lap in practice yesterday which hurt us for today I think just with the order of qualifying. But the car was pretty good; got a little bit free in Turn 1. I felt like I got off (Turn) 2 really good and I messed up (Turns) 3 and 4 a little bit so there is definitely more speed out there. I didn’t think it would run as fast as it did. But I feel like I could have gotten a little bit more. We threw everything we could at it (the car, for tomorrow) and got it so it actually drives really good. We’re missing just a little bit of speed but it drives good and at a track like this where you can move around with the car you can kind of make something happen.”
HOW IS YOUR FOOT? “It’s better. I still can’t really put any weight on it; it shoots pain up the leg if I do that. But if I stay off of it, there is no pain and in the car it’s fine. We’re still going to blow air on it (in the car during the race) just to try to keep it as dry as we can. If the stitches were going to pull out they would have done that during the 600-miler last week when it was fresher. So I’m not too worried about that but we’re still going to try to keep it as dry as possible.”
-source: team chevy