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NASCAR Watkins Glen: AJ Allmendinger takes another road course pole

AJ Allmendinger made it two pole positions from the two road course events on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar after dominating qualifying at Watkins Glen

The JTG Daugherty Racing driver, who also claimed pole at Sonoma in June, had set the pace in the first round of qualifying by 0.229 seconds from Kevin Harvick.

Allmendinger, whose only Sprint Cup win so far came at Watkins Glen last year, then hit the front in the second round as the only driver to go below 1m09s, posting a time of 1m08.993s.

Martin Truex Jr was the closest driver to him, 0.146s behind, while Tony Stewart maintained his recent strong qualifying form to take third, and Harvick was forced to settle for fourth.

Jeff Gordon was fifth ahead of Kyle Larson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Kyle Busch, who started a run of four wins in five races with victory at Sonoma, managed eighth.

Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski were next up, while Justin Allgaier was the last of those who made it through to the second round as he secured a best-yet grid position of 12th.

There were a number of big-name drivers who missed out on progressing from the first round, with 2015 race winners Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano occupying the first four places outside of the top 12.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 1m08.993s
2 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 0.146s
3 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.194s
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.229s
5 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.357s
6 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.484s
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.504s
8 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.528s
9 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.550s
10 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0.572s
11 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 0.945s
12 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 1.018s
13 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.551s
14 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.571s
15 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.633s
16 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 0.670s
17 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.678s
18 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 0.684s
19 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 0.712s
20 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0.737s
21 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 0.956s
22 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.969s
23 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.985s
24 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1.010s
25 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1.050s
26 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.068s
27 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 1.091s
28 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1.129s
29 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 1.132s
30 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1.221s
31 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 1.245s
32 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 1.313s
33 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 1.445s
34 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1.712s
35 Alex Kennedy Circle Sport Chevrolet 1.785s
36 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 2.097s
37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 2.121s
38 Boris Said Go FAS Racing Chevrolet 2.164s
39 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 2.174s
40 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 2.227s
41 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 2.579s
42 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 2.898s
43 Timmy Hill Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 3.751s

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