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Ambrose fourth in Daytona qualifying

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Monday 20th February, 2012 - 6:38am

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Marcos Ambrose was fourth in Daytona 500 qualifying

After his third place finish in the non-championship Budweiser Shootout, Australia’s Marcos Ambrose has continued his solid start to his Daytona 500 preparations with fourth place in qualifying.

Part of a good sign for Ambrose is that fellow Ford drivers Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle gave the Blue Oval a lock-out of the front row.

Just where Ambrose will start ‘The Great American Race’ will be determined on Friday morning Australian time, when he takes part in the Gatorade Duels. 43 cars will start the race, but 49 cars took to the track in time trials, so two qualifying races (the Gatorade Duels), will decide positions 3-43. Ironically Ambrose will need to win, or finish second behind Edwards, in his qualifying race to maintain his current starting position.

“It’s the best speedway car I’ve had down here in my three or four years in Cup,” said Ambrose.

“I’m excited for Sunday. I’m excited for the Duels. I think we have a real shot to win it.”

“I was actually more nervous today because you know that any small jerk on the wheel can really affect your time.

“There’s not much a driver can do but mess up out there. They can’t gain any speed, but they can sure lose some.”

Ambrose is locked-in for the race no matter where he finishes, as he was placed in the top 26 in points from last year’s series.

The car Ambrose qualified for the Daytona 500 is not the same vehicle he drove in the Bud Shootout.

 

RACE LINEUP

Daytona 500 | Daytona International Speedway

POS

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED

TIME

BEHIND

1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 194.738 46.216 Leader
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 194.087 46.371 -0.155
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 194.028 46.385 -0.169
4 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 193.999 46.392 -0.176
5 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 193.844 46.429 -0.213
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 193.803 46.439 -0.223
7 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 193.665 46.472 -0.256
8 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost 193.665 46.472 -0.256
9 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 193.615 46.484 -0.268
10 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 193.607 46.486 -0.270
11 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 193.503 46.511 -0.295
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 193.449 46.524 -0.308
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield “Helping Hungry Homes” 193.382 46.540 -0.324
14 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Peak / Menards 193.374 46.542 -0.326
15 34 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners 193.249 46.572 -0.356
16 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 193.245 46.573 -0.357
17 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army / Quicken Loans 193.224 46.578 -0.362
18 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 193.121 46.603 -0.387
19 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 192.992 46.634 -0.418
20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 192.914 46.653 -0.437
21 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 192.868 46.664 -0.448
22 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 192.843 46.670 -0.454
23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 192.777 46.686 -0.470
24 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 192.600 46.729 -0.513
25 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 192.583 46.733 -0.517
26 26 Tony Raines Ford Front Row Motorsports 192.534 46.745 -0.529
27 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 191.963 46.884 -0.668
28 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Brown 191.873 46.906 -0.690
29 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 191.840 46.914 -0.698
30 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 191.738 46.939 -0.723
31 109 Kenny Wallace Toyota American Ethanol 191.567 46.981 -0.765
32 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 191.522 46.992 -0.776
33 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 191.506 46.996 -0.780
34 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 191.363 47.031 -0.815
35 33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet General Mills / Kroger 191.270 47.054 -0.838
36 140 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 191.180 47.076 -0.860
37 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 191.160 47.081 -0.865
38 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 191.127 47.089 -0.873
39 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / CSX “Play it Safe” 191.062 47.105 -0.889
40 98 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records 190.990 47.123 -0.907
41 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 190.605 47.218 -1.002
42 38 David Gilliland Ford MHP Power Pak Pudding 190.046 47.357 -1.141
43 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kroger 190.022 47.363 -1.147
44 97 Bill Elliott Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 189.950 47.381 -1.165
45 37 Mike Wallace Ford Poynt.com 189.853 47.405 -1.189
46 93 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King 189.235 47.560 -1.344
47 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota North Texas Pipe 188.438 47.761 -1.545
48 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Mapei / Menards / Speed Energy 188.229 47.814 -1.598
49 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing 187.954 47.884 -1.668

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