McMurray scores pole at Martinsville

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Saturday 25th October, 2014 - 11:08am

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McMurray scored his second pole of 2014

McMurray scored his second pole of 2014

Jamie McMurray has come through to win pole at NASCAR’s tightest track – the ‘Paperclip’ at Martinsville.

McMurray set a new qualifying record 160.782km/h  (99.905 mph), edging Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth. Five of the eight drivers still in contention to win the title will start inside the top-10.

Despite not majing the Chase for the Sprint Cup, McMurray has shown plenty of speed throughout the year with Martinsville being his second pole of the seaason.

“It’s a big weekend for me,” said McMurray.

“Our cars have been so quick, really the past two or three months. We’ve run well enough to win, and that’s as important to me as getting to victory lane.”

Joey Logano keen to make the most of his front row starting position.

“It’s not first, but we were close to it,” said Logano.

“Jamie laid down a hell of a lap there. … Overall, I thought it went well. We just came up a little short.”

A tough session for championship contender Kevin Harvick, who scraped the wall during both of his attempts. He will start toward the back of the field at a venue where track position is crucial.

“We just missed it today,” said Harvick.

“We were way too loose. … We have to get better (Saturday in practice) and be ready to go on Sunday.”

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start from 27th.

“This is a tough track to get a good lap,” said Ambrose.

“You have to handle extremely well to put up a fast time. We were just a bit off today.

“I think our race trim is good for Sunday, so hopefully, we can work our way through the field for another Top-Five finish at Martinsville.”

 

QUALIFYING: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 – Martinsville Speedway

 
POS. CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 99.905 18.954 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 99.605 19.011 –0.057
3 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 99.318 19.066 –0.112
4 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 99.297 19.070 –0.116
5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight 99.266 19.076 –0.122
6 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts 99.240 19.081 –0.127
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 99.230 19.083 –0.129
8 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Halloween 99.209 19.087 –0.133
9 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans 98.836 19.159 –0.205
10 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation 98.620 19.201 –0.247
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Ecoboost Fusion 98.553 19.214 –0.260
12 15 Clint Bowyer AAA Insurance 98.328 19.258 –0.304
13 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger 98.841 19.158 –0.204
14 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards 98.815 19.163 –0.209
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox 98.810 19.164 –0.210
16 42 Kyle Larson Target 98.646 19.196 –0.242
17 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine 98.625 19.200 –0.246
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing ‘Pit for a Pair’ Fusion 98.589 19.207 –0.253
19 3 Austin Dillon Dow 98.466 19.231 –0.277
20 13 Casey Mears No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 98.466 19.231 –0.277
21 16 Greg Biffle 3M 98.446 19.235 –0.281
22 51 Justin Allgaier Auto-Owners Insurance 98.338 19.256 –0.302
23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard 98.333 19.257 –0.303
24 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 98.282 19.267 –0.313
25 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley 98.216 19.280 –0.326
26 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 98.200 19.283 –0.329
27 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 98.114 19.300 –0.346
28 40 Landon Cassill Newtown Building Supplies 98.089 19.305 –0.351
29 34 David Ragan WENDELL SCOTT HOF TRIBUTE 98.073 19.308 –0.354
30 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness 97.906 19.341 –0.387
31 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet 97.886 19.345 –0.391
32 23 Alex Bowman DipYourCar.com 97.876 19.347 –0.393
33 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steak House 97.835 19.355 –0.401
34 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food 97.785 19.365 –0.411
35 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing 97.729 19.376 –0.422
36 26 Cole Whitt Uponor Plumbing Systems 97.694 19.383 –0.429
37 7 Michael Annett Allstate Peterbuilt Group 97.322 19.457 –0.503
38 93 Clay Rogers Burger King 96.770 19.568 –0.614
39 33 Travis Kvapil Little Joe’s Autos Chevrolet 96.696 19.583 –0.629
40 83 J.J. Yeley DipYourCar.com 96.558 19.611 –0.657
41 44 Timmy Hill Phoenix Warehouse 96.029 19.719 –0.765
42 32 Kyle Fowler CorvetteParts.net 95.699 19.787 –0.833
43 66 Mike Wallace Testoril 95.636 19.800 –0.846