Ambrose seventh, Kurt Busch on pole

Marcos Ambrose will start seventh at Pocono

Marcos Ambrose will start seventh at Pocono

Marcos Ambrose will start the 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono from seventh position after a qualifying session topped by Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch.

The session was the first to be run under NASCAR’s new rules which require the cars to run in the reverse order of their speed in first practice.

Paul Menard’s Chevrolet will share the front-row with Busch, while Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Regan Smith rounded out the top five.

Ambrose’s seventh place run marks the Australian’s fourth top 10 starting position of the season, and a career best at the unique triangular track.

“That was huge pickup for us,” said Ambrose after his run.

“You think that one lap won’t make or break your season but Pocono is really tough.

“We had a tough Kansas and a tough practice yesterday and our team just dug deep.”

The third and fourth gear ratios used at Pocono this weekend have seen drivers downshifting for Turns 1 and 3 – further adding to the peculiarity of the Pennsylvanian circuit.

Mike Skinner failed to qualifying for the race after wrecking on the exit of Turn 1 on his lap.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 171.579
2 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 171.422
3 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 171.350
4 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 171.174
5 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 171.165
6 Carl Edwards Ford Kellogg’s / Cheez-it 171.057
7 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 170.836
8 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 170.532
9 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 170.348
10 Mark Martin Chevrolet Farmers Insurance / 170.200
11 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 170.177
12 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 170.126
13 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 169.908
14 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 169.872
15 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 169.856
16 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 169.702
17 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 169.671
18 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox / Kleenex 169.607
19 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 169.520
20 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 169.501
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 169.447
22 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Red Line Oil 169.444
23 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 169.441
24 Andy Lally* Ford TRG Motorsports 169.370
25 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 169.307
26 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Long John Silver’s 169.278
27 Matt Kenseth Ford Affliction Clothing: Live Fast 169.224
28 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Medallion Financial 169.176
29 Joe Nemechek Toyota 169.170
30 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 169.119
31 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 169.113
32 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Okuma 169.084
33 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 168.932
34 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 168.890
35 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 168.666
36 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 168.218
37 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 167.773
38 Tony Raines Ford Black Cat Fireworks 167.395
39 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 167.264
40 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 167.057
41 Mike Bliss Ford U.S. Chrome / Southern Pride Trucking 166.867
42 Scott Wimmer+ Dodge Speed Energy / Harris Teeter 162.414
43 T.J. Bell* Toyota Green Smoke 166.633
DNQ Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 164.902

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