David Reutimann backed up last week's victory in the Coca-Cola 600 with his second pole position of the season in qualifying for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway.
The 39-year-old, fresh from his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win last Monday, first dominated the morning practice session and then went on to beat Kasey Kahne's benchmark in qualifying with his first flying lap, setting a time of 22.960 seconds at an average speed of 156.793 mph.
"A lot of this has got to go to the team," Reutimann said after claiming the third pole of his Cup career. "They're giving us great cars and my crew chief Rodney Childers obviously made a great decision last week and here we unloaded with a great car this weekend.
"We've got great horsepower from Toyota TRD also and all that's added to things showing on the racetrack."
Kasey Kahne had his best qualifying effort of the season thus far in his first weekend running the new R6P8 Dodge engine. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver will start on the front row for the first time since he was on pole position at Infineon Raceway last year.
Juan Pablo Montoya continued to show improvements at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing by taking third on the grid for Sunday's race, running a unique racing line on the track, higher on the banking than most of his rivals.
The Colombian, who was the fastest Chevrolet driver, will share the second row of the grid with his former Ganassi teammate Reed Sorenson.
"We unloaded good and in practice we were not as fast as we wanted to be," Montoya said. "But it's nice. We're using a very different line to everybody else's from what I've seen, but it seems to work for me, so I'm pretty happy.
"The nice thing about this is, from my background with cars with a lot of grip, this is probably the most grip we have with these cars of anywhere we go, so it's a lot of fun to drive them around here."
Greg Biffle, the most recent winner at the track, will start Sunday's race from exactly the same spot as he did last autumn at one of Roush Fenway's strongest venues. His team-mates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth, both previous winners at Dover, will see the green flag wave from the seventh row of the grid.
Kyle Busch was the fastest Toyota in sixth, while backing up a strong qualifying session for Richard Petty Motorsports were AJ Allmendinger in seventh, his best qualifying of the season, and Elliot Sadler rounding out the top 10.
Jeff Gordon, who had been third fastest in the morning practice behind Reutimann and Kahne, crashed on his first qualifying lap when his car snapped at the exit of Turn 2, then made hard contact against the concrete wall.
"That hurt, the car's obviously destroyed," Gordon said. "I just hate it for the guys. We were so good all day and the car got through [turns] three and four incredibly good coming to the green and that's my telltale sign of what kind of grip and what kind of balance you have.
"I got into [turn] one and the car felt good, got back in the gas and the car just came around on me just a tiny bit. I tried to correct it and obviously you can see what happened."
Gordon's teammate Jimmie Johnson was eighth on the grid while Dale Earnhardt Jr was 22nd, not far from his qualifying average this year on his first day with new crew chief Brian Whitesell, before Lance McGrew takes over the role next weekend at Pocono.
Roookie Scott Speed was the fastest non-guaranteed driver in 23rd, while Talladega race-winner Brad Keselowski failed to qualify his Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. Italian Max Papis, Derrike Cope and David Starr didn't make the field either.
Jeremy Mayfield's team was initially on the entry list for the event, but it withdrew and its haulers did not even show up at the track.
Pos Driver Car Speed Time
1. David Reutimann Toyota 156.794 22.960s
2. Kasey Kahne Dodge 156.542 22.997s + 0.037s
3. Juan Montoya Chevrolet 156.020 23.074s + 0.114s
4. Reed Sorenson Dodge 155.952 23.084s + 0.124s
5. Greg Biffle Ford 155.932 23.087s + 0.127s
6. Kyle Busch Toyota 155.885 23.094s + 0.134s
7. AJ Allmendinger Dodge 155.689 23.123s + 0.163s
8. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 155.662 23.127s + 0.167s
9. Brian Vickers Toyota 155.595 23.137s + 0.177s
10. Elliott Sadler Dodge 155.514 23.149s + 0.189s
11. Ryan Newman Chevrolet 155.447 23.159s + 0.199s
12. Sam Hornish Jr Dodge 155.440 23.160s + 0.200s
13. Carl Edwards Ford 155.420 23.163s + 0.203s
14. Matt Kenseth Ford 155.313 23.179s + 0.219s
15. Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 155.313 23.179s + 0.219s
16. Denny Hamlin Toyota 155.152 23.203s + 0.243s
17. Casey Mears Chevrolet 155.085 23.213s + 0.253s
18. Jamie McMurray Ford 155.066 23.216s + 0.256s
19. Kurt Busch Dodge 155.032 23.221s + 0.261s
20. Marcos Ambrose Toyota 154.919 23.238s + 0.278s
21. Joey Logano Toyota 154.812 23.254s + 0.294s
22. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 154.799 23.256s + 0.296s
23. Scott Speed Toyota 154.706 23.270s + 0.310s
24. David Gilliland Chevrolet 154.593 23.287s + 0.327s
25. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 154.573 23.290s + 0.330s
26. David Ragan Ford 154.566 23.291s + 0.331s
27. Bobby Labonte Ford 154.434 23.311s + 0.351s
28. Mark Martin Chevrolet 154.328 23.327s + 0.367s
29. Michael Waltrip Toyota 154.242 23.340s + 0.380s
30. David Stremme Dodge 153.932 23.387s + 0.427s
31. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 153.675 23.426s + 0.466s
32. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 153.577 23.441s + 0.481s
33. Regan Smith Chevrolet 153.446 23.461s + 0.501s
34. Mike Skinner Toyota 153.368 23.473s + 0.513s
35. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 153.263 23.489s + 0.529s
36. Paul Menard Ford 153.133 23.509s + 0.549s
37. Mike Bliss Dodge 153.120 23.511s + 0.551s
38. Joe Nemechek Toyota 152.853 23.552s + 0.592s
39. Dave Blaney Toyota 152.840 23.554s + 0.594s
40. Robby Gordon Toyota 151.681 23.734s + 0.774s
41. John Andretti Chevrolet 151.471 23.767s + 0.807s
42. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
43. Tony Raines Chevrolet 152.491 23.608s + 0.648s
Did not qualify:
Brad Keselowski Chevrolet 152.265 23.643s + 0.683s
Max Papis Toyota 151.816 23.713s + 0.753s
Derrike Cope Dodge 148.014 24.322s + 1.362s
David Starr Dodge