Montoya sets qualfying record at Watkins Glen
August 11, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya prefers running up front, and it grates on him when he doesn't.
For the second straight week, he has no reason to beat himself up going into the race.
Montoya shattered the Sprint Cup qualifying record at Watkins Glen International on Saturday. Montoya won the pole for Sunday's Finger Lakes 355 with a lap around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout in 69.438 seconds at 127.020 mph.
Kyle Bush set the track record of 69.767 seconds at 126.421 mph a year ago.
"All my life I've raced to win," Montoya said after notching his second straight pole in the series and ninth of his career. "The last couple of years have been really frustrating."
Busch qualified second, also eclipsing the track record. Five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose.