Ambrose scores front row start at NASCAR finale

  • Saturday 17th November, 2012 11:01am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Ambrose Miami qual 344x224 Ambrose scores front row start at NASCAR finale

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

POS

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

MPH

TIME

BEHIND

1 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot / redbeacon.com 176.056 30.672 Leader
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Black & Decker 175.342 30.797 -0.125
3 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 175.092 30.841 -0.169
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 175.001 30.857 -0.185
5 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 174.887 30.877 -0.205
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 174.752 30.901 -0.229
7 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 174.644 30.920 -0.248
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 174.565 30.934 -0.262
9 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 174.452 30.954 -0.282
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 174.081 31.020 -0.348
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 173.980 31.038 -0.366
12 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 173.969 31.040 -0.368
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / SP Richards 173.930 31.047 -0.375
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 173.807 31.069 -0.397
15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years ‘Celebratory’ 173.740 31.081 -0.409
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 173.472 31.129 -0.457
17 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 173.110 31.194 -0.522
18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Duracell 173.077 31.200 -0.528
19 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 172.988 31.216 -0.544
20 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 172.662 31.275 -0.603
21 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 172.640 31.279 -0.607
22 30 David Stremme Toyota Swan Racing 172.563 31.293 -0.621
23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 172.546 31.296 -0.624
24 51 Regan Smith Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 172.507 31.303 -0.631
25 98 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 172.474 31.309 -0.637
26 78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row 172.265 31.347 -0.675
27 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Fifth Third Bank 172.106 31.376 -0.704
28 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 172.057 31.385 -0.713
29 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 171.882 31.417 -0.745
30 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 171.756 31.440 -0.768
31 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Florida Lottery 171.745 31.442 -0.770
32 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox 171.679 31.454 -0.782
33 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 171.630 31.463 -0.791
34 34 David Ragan Ford CertainTeed / 31-W Insulation 171.581 31.472 -0.800
35 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 171.483 31.490 -0.818
36 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 171.445 31.497 -0.825
37 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet TMone.com 171.222 31.538 -0.866
38 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 170.832 31.610 -0.938
39 37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet C&C Audio Video & Appliance, Inc. 170.762 31.623 -0.951
40 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 170.692 31.636 -0.964
41 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 170.665 31.641 -0.969
42 179 Reed Sorenson Toyota United Supermarkets / reload.biz 170.277 31.713 -1.041
43 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little JoesAutos.com 170.057 31.754 -1.082
44 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 170.052 31.755 -1.083
45 191 Jason Leffler Toyota Plinker Tactical 170.036 31.758 -1.086
46 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 169.609 31.838 -1.166
47 32 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 169.476 31.863 -1.191

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

 

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