Saturday, February 20, 2010

Earnhardt- Ganassi Teammates on Front Row for Auto Club 500

2010 Auto Club Feb NSCS Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray qualifying After an unexpected win in the 2010 Daytona 500, Jamie McMurray finds himself on the pole for the second race of the season. With a qualifying time of 39.185 (183.74 MPH) McMurray beat out his Earnhardt-Ganassi teammate Juan Pablo Montoya for the first starting spot in Sunday’s Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.

Defending race winner Matt Kenseth will start in 20th position. Kenseth will be working with veteran crew chief Todd Parrott beginning this weekend after Parrott was called in to replace Drew Blickensderfer.

The full starting grid for Sunday’s race will be as follows:

  1. Jamie McMurray
  2. Juan Pablo Montoya
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Kasey Kahne
  5. Dave Blaney *
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Sam Hornish Jr.
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Mark Martin
  11. David Reutimann
  12. Kurt Busch
  13. Scott Speed *
  14. Jeff Burton
  15. David Ragan
  16. Tony Stewart
  17. Mike Bliss *
  18. Ryan Newman
  19. Joey Logano
  20. Matt Kenseth
  21. Brad Keselowski
  22. Regan Smith
  23. Brian Vickers
  24. Aric Almirola *
  25. Denny Hamlin
  26. Marcos Ambrose
  27. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  28. Jeff Gordon
  29. AJ Allmendigner
  30. Michael McDowell *
  31. Carl Edwards
  32. Joe Nemechek *
  33. Bobby Labonte *
  34. Martin Truex Jr.
  35. Max Papis *
  36. Greg Biffle
  37. Paul Menard
  38. Elliott Sadler
  39. Casey Mears *
  40. Kevin Conway #
  41. Travis Kvapil
  42. Johnny Sauter *
  43. Terry Cook * #
*Required to qualify on time
# Rookie of the Year contender
Failed to qualify – Robby Gordon, David Gilliland, Boris Said

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