Saturday, June 22, 2013

NSCS Pole Report: Jamie McMurray edges out Marcos Ambrose for Coors Light Pole at Sonoma

Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images
Qualifying for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 took a page from European touring series competition by debuting group-based qualifying. After all eight groups completed their five-minute sessions, Jamie McMurray took the top spot from Marcos Ambrose with a speed of 94.986 mph versus Marcos Ambrose's 94.924 mph.

This is McMurray's first pole, fourth top-10 start in 2013, and his second pole at Sonoma Raceway. His previous pole at Sonoma came in 2007. Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in six races at Sonoma Raceway. Carl Edwards (third) posted his first top-10 start at Sonoma Raceway. It is his seventh in 16 races this season. Danica Patrick (31st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

The starting lineup for tomorrow's 25th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 is:

1. Jamie McMurray
2. Marcos Ambrose
3. Carl Edwards
4. Greg Biffle
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Matt Kenseth
7. Kurt Busch
8. Joey Logano
9. Kyle Busch
10.   Jeff Gordon
11. Tony Stewart
12.   Kevin Harvick
13.   Juan Pablo Montoya
14.   Martin Truex, Jr.
15.   Kasey Kahne
16.   Paul Menard
17.   Denny Hamlin
18.   Brad Keselowski
19.   Jimmie Johnson
20.   Bobby Labonte
21.   Casey Mears
22.   Jacques Villeneuve
23.   David Ragan
24.   Boris Said
25.   Ron Fellows
26.   Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
27.   Jeff Burton
28.   David Stremme
29.   David Gilliland
30.   Ryan Newman
31.   Danica Patrick
32.   Aric Almirola
33.   Travis Kvapil
34.   Jason Bowles  
35.   Josh Wise
36.   Justin Marks
37.   Ricky Stenhouse, Jr
38.   David Reutimann
39.   Alex Kennedy
40.   Paulie Harraka
41.   Tomy Drissi
42.   J.J. Yeley
43.   Victor Gonzalez, Jr.

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