Phoenix: AJ Allmendinger qualifying report

AJ Wins First NASCAR Sprint Cup Pole in Phoenix Phoenix, AZ-AJ Allmendinger scored the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Pole position of his career with a fast lap time of 134.675 mph at Phoenix International Raceway for Saturday night's Subway Fresh Fit...

AJ Wins First NASCAR Sprint Cup Pole in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ-AJ Allmendinger scored the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Pole position of his career with a fast lap time of 134.675 mph at Phoenix International Raceway for Saturday night's Subway Fresh Fit 600. The qualifying effort is the best of AJ's young NASCAR career to date, and continues the momentum for AJ in his first season driving the famed No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports.

"We've been getting better on Fridays and Saturdays, but definitely have been improving. I'm really proud of the hard work Mike (Shiplett) and the 43 guys have been putting in to keep getting more consistent," said AJ. "But we're looking at the big picture, so we'll take this as a small victory to give RPM, my guys, Valvoline and Best Buy. We want to be here in this position on Sundays-or Saturday in this case! That's what we're focusing on, but will definitely enjoy the rest of the evening!"

Allmendinger scored 13th at Phoenix in just his second race with Ford power in 2009, and will look to go even stronger as the NASCAR Sprint Cup stages a Saturday night shootout out West.

-source: walldinger racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports