Richard Petty Motorsports locks out Charlotte front-row

Australian NASCAR star Marcos Ambrose will start second

Australian NASCAR star Marcos Ambrose will start second

Richard Petty Motorsports has locked out the front-row of the grid for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

Aric Almirola has taken pole, ahead of Australian driver Marcos Ambrose, who was less than 0.2s behind his RPM team-mate.

It is the first-time that Ambrose, currently 18th in the points standings, has started on the front-row of the grid this season.

All-Star race winer Jimmie Johnson will start third ahead of Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Regan Smith.

The famous Coca Cola-backed race – the longest race on the NASCAR calendar – will be held on Sunday evening (Monday morning Australian time).

Reigning NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will start from 21st.

Qualifying results, Coca Cola 600

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 43 Aric Almirola Ford U.S. Air Force 192.940 27.988 Leader
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 191.598 28.184 -0.196
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Patriotic 191.374 28.217 -0.229
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford Fastenal 191.259 28.234 -0.246
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 191.198 28.243 -0.255
6 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Armed Forces Foundation 191.171 28.247 -0.259
7 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Quaker State 191.130 28.253 -0.265
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 190.887 28.289 -0.301
9 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Serta 190.597 28.332 -0.344
10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 190.456 28.353 -0.365
11 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 190.329 28.372 -0.384
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard ‘An American Salute’ / Diet Mountain Dew 190.302 28.376 -0.388
13 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 190.268 28.381 -0.393
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 190.201 28.391 -0.403
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 190.194 28.392 -0.404
16 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 190.054 28.413 -0.425
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Red, White & Blue 190.034 28.416 -0.428
18 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies 189.987 28.423 -0.435
19 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 189.707 28.465 -0.477
20 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Fastenal 189.607 28.480 -0.492
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 189.574 28.485 -0.497
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 189.520 28.493 -0.505
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 189.076 28.560 -0.572
24 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 188.871 28.591 -0.603
25 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 188.363 28.668 -0.680
26 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 188.344 28.671 -0.683
27 74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Turn One Racing 188.324 28.674 -0.686
28 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 188.206 28.692 -0.704
29 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 187.924 28.735 -0.747
30 34 David Ragan Ford Al’s Liners / Scorpion Coatings 187.656 28.776 -0.788
31 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 187.526 28.796 -0.808
32 98 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 187.487 28.802 -0.814
33 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 187.259 28.837 -0.849
34 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos / Precon 187.169 28.851 -0.863
35 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 186.143 29.010 -1.022
36 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 186.111 29.015 -1.027
37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 186.085 29.019 -1.031
38 195 Scott Speed Ford Jordan’s Truck Sales 185.976 29.036 -1.048
39 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 185.810 29.062 -1.074
40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota Global Barter Corp / AM FM Energy Wood and Pellet Stoves / SWM Completion Tools 185.784 29.066 -1.078
41 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 185.548 29.103 -1.115
42 173 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King 185.338 29.136 -1.148
43 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 185.179 29.161 -1.173
44 32 T.J. Bell Ford Green Smoke 183.886 29.366 -1.378
45 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 183.730 29.391 -1.403
46 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 183.630 29.407 -1.419
47 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services

 


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