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Saturday 25th June, 2011 - 11:54am

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Marcos Ambrose will start from eighth at Sonoma

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in northern California from eighth position.

On the first of only two NASCAR Sprint Cup events on road courses, it was young gun Joey Logano who won the pole.

The Coors Light Pole Award was the second for Logano, who posted a lap at 93.256 mph and watched as the 12 drivers who followed him in the time trials fail to run faster. Jamie McMurray (93.223 mph) qualified second, and Paul Menard (93.176 mph) claimed the third starting position.

Those who might have expected road-course aces Ambrose and Juan Montoya to top the qualifying speed chart got a surprise with Ambrose set to start from the fourth row while the Colombian was 17th.

After coming close to winning at the Sonoma track in the past, Ambrose concentrated his practice efforts into ensuring he had a fast race car, plus work with the different specification Goodyear race tyre in 2011.

“We were struggling in practice a little bit but we got a gain there, so I feel better about it,” said Ambrose.

“We are going to get a good race car out of it – we just have to keep working away.

“This new tyre they brought here has thrown us for a loop a little bit. We just aren’t quite prepared for it. We will get it right by Sunday.”

Video of Marcos Ambrose’s qualfying run

RESULTS: QUALIFYING Toyota/Save Mart 350 –  Infineon Raceway

Pos Driver Speed (MPH) Time
1 Joey Logano 93.256 76.82
2 Jamie McMurray 93.223 76.85
3 Paul Menard 93.176 76.89
4 Denny Hamlin 93.081 76.96
5 Ryan Newman 93.062 76.98
6 Kasey Kahne 92.936 77.08
7 A.J. Allmendinger 92.935 77.09
8 Marcos Ambrose 92.918 77.10
9 Clint Bowyer 92.830 77.17
10 Brian Vickers 92.720 77.26
11 Kurt Busch 92.616 77.35
12 Jimmie Johnson 92.561 77.40
13 Jeff Gordon 92.553 77.40
14 Martin Truex Jr. 92.545 77.41
15 Brad Keselowski 92.447 77.49
16 Mark Martin 92.439 77.50
17 Juan Pablo Montoya 92.411 77.52
18 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 92.372 77.56
19 Kyle Busch 92.348 77.58
20 Tony Stewart 92.184 77.71
21 Bobby Labonte 92.157 77.74
22 Greg Biffle 92.096 77.79
23 Carl Edwards 92.076 77.80
24 Regan Smith 92.022 77.85
25 Jeff Burton 91.986 77.88
26 Kevin Harvick 91.818 78.02
27 Casey Mears 91.764 78.07
28 Robby Gordon 91.751 78.08
29 David Gilliland 91.689 78.13
30 Boris Said 91.603 78.21
31 Joe Nemechek 91.406 78.38
32 David Reutimann 91.388 78.39
33 Matt Kenseth 91.315 78.45
34 David Ragan 91.255 78.50
35 PJ Jones 91.223 78.53
36 Dave Blaney 91.214 78.54
37 Mike Skinner 90.781 78.92
38 David Mayhew 90.561 79.11
39 Terry Labonte 90.504 79.16
40 Brian Simo 90.346 79.30
41 Andy Lally 90.303 79.33
42 Chris Cook 90.285 79.35
43 Andy Pilgrim 89.885 79.70
DNQ Tony Ave 89.717 79.85

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