Aric Almirola poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Richard Petty will always be King, but on Thursday night he ruled Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Aric Almirola captured the Coors Light Pole Award for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap speed of 192.940 mph, and his Richard Petty Motorsports teammate, Marcos Ambrose will start second.
As Petty walked into the media center, he joked “Haven’t sat up here in a while.”
During his career , Petty won 123 poles, a Sprint Cup record. The last time his Petty Blue No. 43 was the polesitter for a race was 46 years ago.
Kurt Busch will start at the back of the field after wrecking in qualifying.
Danica Patrick qualified 40th for her first Coca-Cola 600. Patrick will also win the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 on Saturday afternoon.
While there is no track activity on Friday, you can catch all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Saturday starting at 10:00am EST, while the race is on Fox on Sunday, May 27 starting at 6:00pm EST.
Just a reminder my pick to win the race is Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. Now it’s your turn! Who ya got NASCAR fans?
1. Aric Almriola
2. Marcos Ambrose
3. Jimmie Johnson (WON THE ALL-STAR RACE LAST WEEK)
4. Greg Biffle
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Mark Martin
7. Kasey Kahne
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Paul Menard
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