Friday, June 22, 2012

NSCS Pole Report: Ambrose makes it two in a row, winning pole at Sonoma

Marcos Ambrose during Friday's practice at Sonoma Raceway.
Credit: By Ezra Shaw, Getty Images
Marcos Ambrose, one of the few Cup drivers categorized as a "road course ringer," proved his title as he earned the pole award for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. With a lap of 75.203 seconds, 95.262 mph, Ambrose won his second consecutive pole award and his second in 135 career Cup races. 

Ambrose will be a story to watch throughout the race; a heartbreaking loss in 2011 at Sonoma, getting Richard Petty back into victory lane, there is a lot of pressure on the driver of the No. 9.

Joining Ambrose on the front row is Jeff Gordon. Gordon, driver of the No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports remains winless this year but this is his fifth top-10 start of 2012 and his 15th in 20 races at Sonoma.

Starting lineup:
  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Ryan Newman
  11. Carl Edwards
  12. Juan Pablo Montoya
  13. Brad Keselowski
  14. Joey Logano
  15. Kasey Kahne
  16. Denny Hamlin
  17. AJ Allmendinger
  18. Bobby Labonte
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  20. Casey Mears
  21. Brian Vickers
  22. Scott Speed
  23. Paul Menard
  24. Tony Stewart
  25. Jamie McMurray
  26. Kevin Harvick
  27. David Gilliland
  28. Boris Said
  29. David Ragan
  30. Aric Almirola
  31. Regan Smith
  32. Dave Blaney
  33. David Mayhew
  34. Robby Gordon
  35. Jeff Burton
  36. Joe Nemechek
  37. Chris Cook
  38. JJ Yeley
  39. Travis Kvapil
  40. Josh Wise
  41. Tomy Drissi
  42. Landon Cassill
  43. Stephen Leicht
Failing to qualify: Brian Simo

Tune into the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on TNT, Sunday at 3pm EST.


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