Mid pack start for Ambrose in 600

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Friday 27th May, 2011 - 10:47am

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Marcos Ambrose

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start the longest race in NASCAR, the Coca-Cola 500 in Charlotte, from 24th position following qualifying at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Pole position went to Brad Keselowski, with Ambrose’s Richard Petty Motorsports team-mate AJ Allmendinger to share the front row for the 600 mile race that will run Monday morning Australian time.

After practice in warm conditions during the day, the #9 Ford team did not have the best set-up for the evening qualifying session. 

“We just didn’t get it right this afternoon when the track was hot and it is what it is,” said Ambrose.

“It’s a long race, but every spot counts.”

Five cars failed to make the 43-car grid with Andy Lally, TJ Bell, Scott Wimmer, Tony Raines and Scott Riggs all set to watch the race from the grandstands.

A car that did make the field was the Wood Brothers #21 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is substituting for Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne. Bayne has been unable to race since 23 April due to a mystery illness. However, Stenhouse Jr. was fighting fit as he set the ninth fastest time in qualifying.

The Wood Brothers are not running the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule, so had to qualify on time and not rely on a provisional starting position reserved for the top 36 in owners’ points or a past champions guaranteed starting spot.

Bayne is due to race in the Nationwide Series next weekend in Chicago.

Qualifying Results: Coca-Cola 600 Lowe’s Motorspeedway – Charlotte

Pos Driver Speed Time
1 Brad Keselowski 192.089 28.11
2 A.J. Allmendinger 191.693 28.17
3 Carl Edwards 191.686 28.17
4 Denny Hamlin 191.367 28.22
5 Jeff Burton 191.245 28.24
6 Jimmie Johnson 191.069 28.26
7 David Reutimann 190.921 28.28
8 David Ragan 190.799 28.30
9 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 190.752 28.31
10 Clint Bowyer 190.705 28.32
11 Jeff Gordon 190.604 28.33
12 Ryan Newman 190.564 28.34
13 Mark Martin 190.409 28.36
14 Martin Truex Jr. 190.201 28.39
15 Greg Biffle 190.161 28.40
16 Paul Menard 190.067 28.41
17 Kasey Kahne 189.893 28.44
18 Brian Vickers 189.867 28.44
19 Matt Kenseth 189.860 28.44
20 Regan Smith 189.767 28.46
21 Kyle Busch 189.440 28.50
22 Tony Stewart 189.414 28.51
23 Joey Logano 189.321 28.52
24 Marcos Ambrose 189.288 28.53
25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 188.937 28.58
26 Kurt Busch 188.844 28.60
27 Bobby Labonte 188.653 28.62
28 Kevin Harvick 188.416 28.66
29 Juan Pablo Montoya 188.160 28.70
30 David Gilliland 188.048 28.72
31 Travis Kvapil 187.990 28.72
32 David Starr 187.944 28.73
33 Michael McDowell 187.682 28.77
34 J.J. Yeley 187.513 28.80
35 Jamie McMurray 187.201 28.85
36 Joe Nemechek 187.169 28.85
37 Casey Mears 186.994 28.88
38 David Stremme 186.916 28.89
39 Mike Bliss 186.413 28.97
40 Landon Cassill 185.567 29.10
41 Robby Gordon 184.780 29.22
42 Dave Blaney 184.527 29.26
43 Mike Skinner 186.774 28.91
44 Andy Lally 186.651 28.93
45 TJ Bell 186.567 28.94
46 Scott Wimmer 186.213 29.00
47 Tony Raines 184.483 29.27
48 Scott Riggs 183.730 29.39

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