Montoya earns pole at Fontana

Posted March 25, 2011, at 9:35 p.m.

FONTANA, Calif. — Juan Pablo Montoya will start on the pole for his 150th career NASCAR race.

Montoya had the fastest time in Friday’s qualifying at Auto Club Speedway, hitting 184.653 mph on the 2-mile oval. The former Formula One driver will start Sunday’s 400-mile race on the front row next to Denny Hamlin, looking for his first win on an oval after earning his sixth career pole.

Montoya has two career Sprint Cup victories, both on road courses. He hasn’t qualified particularly well this season, but has two top-10 finishes, including a third at Las Vegas.

Joey Logano qualified third and Regan Smith was fourth.

Overnight rain cut the practice session short after a two-hour delay and pushed back qualifying an hour.

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