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Second row start for Ambrose at ‘The Glen’

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Sunday 14th August, 2011 - 7:03am

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Marcos Ambrose to start from third at Watkins Glen

Marcos Ambrose will start from the second row at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen, the second and final road course race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Pole went to Kyle Busch, with Ambrose’s Richard Petty Motorsports team-mate A.J. Allmendinger to start second.

With a lap at 203.455 km/h, Busch, the last driver to make a qualifying attempt led no less than 15 drivers to beat Jeff Gordon’s 2003 track record of 200.492 km/h.

“I was actually surprised there with my lap time,” said Kyle Busch.

“I felt like I screwed up a little bit here, a little bit there, maybe. But maybe those were good screw-up.”

Ambrose, who was fastest in Friday’s final practice session, said he could have pushed a little harder on his qualifying lap.

“It was OK,” said Ambrose.

“It was maybe a little bit too conservative.

“We’ve got a great chance to win the race and I’m really happy with our race setup.

“It would have been great to be on the front row with A.J., but we’ll start third for the race.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how it goes on fuel strategy and brake wear and all those factors that come into play on a road course.

“I’m confident for tomorrow, I’ve just got to make sure that we keep the fenders on it, look out for the brakes, and the rest will come to us.”

Denny Hamlin spun, slammed into the guard rail with the right side of his No. 11 Toyota and failed to complete his qualifying lap. Hamlin will start 42nd on an owner points provisional.

Dave Blaney, Brian Simo and P.J. Jones failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

QUALIFYING: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

POS

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

MPH

TIME/GAP

1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 126.421 69.767
2 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 126.041 -0.210
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 125.984 -0.242
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 125.662 -0.421
5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 125.654 -0.426
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 125.314 -0.616
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 125.238 -0.659
8 99 Carl Edwards Ford Ortho Home Defense Max 125.202 -0.679
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 124.968 -0.811
10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 124.940 -0.827
11 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota CapitalDPO 124.915 -0.841
12 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 124.908 -0.845
13 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 124.904 -0.847
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 124.791 -0.911
15 51 Boris Said Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / Thank A Teacher
Today-Security Benefit
124.701 -0.962
16 6 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 124.550 -1.048
17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 124.451 -1.104
18 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 123.998 -1.363
19 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 123.854 -1.446
20 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 123.682 -1.545
21 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 123.663 -1.556
22 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 123.635 -1.572
23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 123.517 -1.640
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 123.507 -1.646
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 123.476 -1.664
26 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 123.455 -1.676
27 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 123.436 -1.687
28 16 Greg Biffle Ford Valvoline 123.433 -1.689
29 37 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 123.379 -1.720
30 55 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 123.283 -1.776
31 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 123.176 -1.838
32 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 122.956 -1.966
33 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 122.956 -1.966
34 150 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet Green Smoke 122.928 -1.982
35 32 Andrew Ranger Ford Bully Hill Vineyards 122.372 -2.308
36 71 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 122.196 -2.412
37 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 122.130 -2.451
38 36 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Golden Corral 121.993 -2.532
39 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 121.660 -2.730
40 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 121.419 -2.874
41 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 120.339 -3.526
42 11 Denny Hamlin+ Toyota FedEx Ground
43 38 Terry Labonte++ Ford Long John Silver’s
DNQ
44 135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 121.904 -2.585
45 46 Brian Simo Ford Fisher Nuts 119.291 -4.170
46 177 P.J. Jones Dodge Speed Energy / GNC

+ Set by Owner Points

++ past champion’s provivision

* Rookie

 

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