He toured the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in the No. 22 AAA Dodge at a speed of 175.993 mph to earn the pole, becoming the 17th driver to lock up a spot in the star-studded field of top NASCAR drivers that will compete in the event that kicks off Budweiser Speedweeks 2013.
“To get a pole like this and get in the Shootout and keep building the momentum, it’s a big deal,” said Allmendinger, who is in his first season at Penske Racing.
Eligibility requirements for next season’s Daytona Shootout return to its roots with the field consisting of pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.
Allmendinger has made two previous Daytona Shootout starts, finishing fifth in 2009 and 12th earlier this year.
2012 Pole Winners:Greg Biffle
Martin Truex Jr.
Past Shootout Champions:Kyle Busch
Dale Earnhardt Jr.