Ambrose scores front row start at NASCAR finale

  • Saturday 17th November, 2012 11:01am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©

Marcos Ambrose will start on the front row at Homestead-Miami

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season from second place after qualifying for Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Joey Logano took pole position, with Ambrose to start ahead of championship leader Brad Keselowski and fellow Ford drivers Carl Edwards and team-mate Aric Almirola.

“Yeah, I’ll take it,” said Ambrose.

“That was a really great lap for our Black & Decker Ford team. We’re excited to be so competitive and they brought a good car today. We just wanted to be somewhere in the top 10 to start Sunday’s race and have a good finish to our year.”

“I’m pretty pleased to be up front. We haven’t been great the last 10 weeks in qualifying, so it feels good to be up here, but I’ve got all the respect in the world for Brad Keselowski and all he does and what he stands for, so if I can be a friend to him on Sunday – I know I might have stolen the spotlight off of him in qualifying – but I’ll be his friend out there on Sunday.”

Keselowski takes a 20-point lead into the finale over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. Keselowski only needs to finish 15th or better — or 16th or better if he leads at least one lap, and 17th or better if he leads the most laps — to win a first Cup championship for himself and team owner Roger Penske. Johnson will start 10th.

The Ford EcoBoost 400 gets underway Monday morning Australian time.


RACE LINEUP: Ford EcoBoost 400 – Homestead-Miami Speedway









120Joey LoganoToyotaThe Home Depot / redbeacon.com176.05630.672Leader
29Marcos AmbroseFordBlack & Decker175.34230.797-0.125
32Brad KeselowskiDodgeMiller Lite175.09230.841-0.169
499Carl EdwardsFordFastenal175.00130.857-0.185
543Aric AlmirolaFordSmithfield174.88730.877-0.205
615Clint BowyerToyota5-hour Energy174.75230.901-0.229
756Martin Truex Jr.ToyotaNAPA Auto Parts174.64430.920-0.248
818Kyle BuschToyotaM&M’s174.56530.934-0.262
955Mark MartinToyotaAaron’s Dream Machine174.45230.954-0.282
1048Jimmie JohnsonChevroletLowe’s174.08131.020-0.348
1117Matt KensethFordBest Buy173.98031.038-0.366
125Kasey KahneChevroletFarmers Insurance173.96931.040-0.368
1316Greg BiffleFord3M / SP Richards173.93031.047-0.375
141Jamie McMurrayChevroletBass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats173.80731.069-0.397
1524Jeff GordonChevroletDuPont 20 Years ‘Celebratory’173.74031.081-0.409
1688Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevroletNational Guard / Diet Mountain Dew173.47231.129-0.457
1722Sam Hornish Jr.DodgeShell / Pennzoil173.11031.194-0.522
1827Paul MenardChevroletMenards / Duracell173.07731.200-0.528
1939Ryan NewmanChevroletU.S. Army172.98831.216-0.544
2021Trevor BayneFordMotorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center172.66231.275-0.603
2142Juan MontoyaChevroletTarget172.64031.279-0.607
2230David StremmeToyotaSwan Racing172.56331.293-0.621
2329Kevin HarvickChevroletBudweiser172.54631.296-0.624
2451Regan SmithChevroletPhoenix Construction172.50731.303-0.631
2598Michael McDowellFordPhil Parsons Racing172.47431.309-0.637
2678Kurt BuschChevroletFurniture Row172.26531.347-0.675
276Ricky Stenhouse Jr.FordFifth Third Bank172.10631.376-0.704
2813Casey MearsFordGEICO172.05731.385-0.713
29119Mike BlissToyotaPlinker Tactical171.88231.417-0.745
3083Landon CassillToyotaBurger King171.75631.440-0.768
3136Dave BlaneyChevroletFlorida Lottery171.74531.442-0.770
3247Bobby LabonteToyotaClorox171.67931.454-0.782
3331Jeff BurtonChevroletCaterpillar171.63031.463-0.791
3434David RaganFordCertainTeed / 31-W Insulation171.58131.472-0.800
3514Tony StewartChevroletOffice Depot / Mobil 1171.48331.490-0.818
3626Josh Wise*FordMDS Transport171.44531.497-0.825
3710David ReutimannChevroletTMone.com171.22231.538-0.866
3893Travis KvapilToyotaBurger King170.83231.610-0.938
3937J.J. YeleyChevroletC&C Audio Video & Appliance, Inc.170.76231.623-0.951
4023Scott RiggsChevroletNorth Texas Pipe170.69231.636-0.964
4138David GillilandFordLong John Silver’s170.66531.641-0.969
42179Reed SorensonToyotaUnited Supermarkets / reload.biz170.27731.713-1.041
4333Stephen Leicht*ChevroletLittle JoesAutos.com170.05731.754-1.082
4411Denny HamlinToyotaFedEx Express170.05231.755-1.083
45191Jason LefflerToyotaPlinker Tactical170.03631.758-1.086
4687Joe NemechekToyotaAM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves169.60931.838-1.166
4732Ken SchraderFordFederated Auto Parts169.47631.863-1.191

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie


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