Montoya wins the pole

2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy Juice 500

Juan Pablo Montoya was the fastest in qualifying for the AMP Energy Juice 500 and will start up front for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

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After qualifying, Kevin Harvick and Dale Eanhardt Jr. are the favorites to win Sunday’s race according to oddsmakers at the online sports book Sportsbook.com. Both have 11/2 odds to win while Tony Stewart has 15/2 odds to win and Jamie McMurray has 8/1 odds.

Harvick is trailing Jimmie Johnson for the points lead by 62 points and he is 56 points behind Denny Hamlin for second place. Harvick has three wins on the year and at Talladega, he has one win. He has an average finish of 15.5 and a driver rating of 75.3 at this track. Harvick will start 14th on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. finished sixth in qualifying. He is out of the Chase for the Championship and hasn’t won a race since 2008, but Junior has seven restrictor plate race wins in his career, including five wins at Talladega.

Stewart is seventh in the point standings with two wins on the year. Stewart has one win at Talladega in his career with an average finish of 14.8 and a driver rating of 89.0. Stewart will start 26th on Sunday.

McMurray is 13th in the standings, outside of the Chase for the Championship. McMurray won the 2009 race at Talladega and he has a 84.4 driver rating at the track. McMurray qualified 12th for Sunday’s race.

The AMP Energy Juice 500 will take place Sunday, Oct. 31 from Talladega Superspeedway at 1:16PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the AMP Energy Juice 500 – 2010 AMP Energy Juice 500 – Talladega Superspeedway – Oct. 31, 2010

Kevin Harvick 11/2

Dale Earnhardt Jr 11/2

Tony Stewart 15/2

Jamie McMurray 8/1

Denny Hamlin 17/2

Kyle Busch 17/2

Jimmie Johnson 11/1

Jeff Gordon 11/1

Kurt Busch 14/1

Jeff Burton 15/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 18/1

Carl Edwards 18/1

Greg Biffle 22/1

Clint Bowyer 22/1

Ryan Newman 25/1

Mark Martin 27/1

Joey Logano 27/1

Kasey Kahne 30/1

Matt Kenseth 30/1

Brad Keselowski 32/1

David Reutimann 40/1

Martin Truex Jr 40/1

Field 15/1

Qualifying Results

Finish-Driver-Car

1 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

2 Clint Bowyer (33)

3 Kurt Busch (2)

4 Joe Nemechek (87)

5 Jeff Burton (31)

6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

7 Dave Blaney (36)

8 Ryan Newman (39)

9 Casey Mears (13)

10 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

11 Brad Keselowski (12)

12 Jamie McMurray (1)

13 Jeff Fuller (197)

14 Kevin Harvick (29)

15 Michael McDowell (46)

16 Kasey Kahne (83)

17 Denny Hamlin (11)

18 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

19 Jimmie Johnson (48)

20 Michael Waltrip (55)

21 David Reutimann (00)

22 Chad McCumbee (71)

23 Carl Edwards (99)

24 Bobby Labonte (09)

25 Joey Logano (20)

26 Tony Stewart (14)

27 Matt Kenseth (17)

28 David Ragan (6)

29 Scott Speed (82)

30 Mark Martin (5)

31 Jeff Gordon (24)

32 Kyle Busch (18)

33 Elliott Sadler (19)

34 Greg Biffle (16)

35 Marcos Ambrose (47)

36 A J Allmendinger (43)

37 Aric Almirola (9)

38 Paul Menard (98)

39 Regan Smith (78)

40 David Gilliland (37)

41 Robert Richardson Jr. (34)

42 Robby Gordon (7)

43 Bill Elliott (26)

44 Landon Cassill (164) DNQ

45 Travis Kvapil (38) DNQ

46 Johnny Sauter (66) DNQ

2010 AMP Energy Juice 500 Information

Race Date: Sunday, Oct. 31

Location: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.

Pre-Race: 1PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 1:16PM ET

TV Coverage: ESPN

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (188 laps)

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