Ambrose – NASCAR’s fastest man in 25 years!

Marcos Ambrose with his first career pole position

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose has scored his first career NASCAR pole position with the fastest speed of any driver in the sport in 25 years!

With a record-setting run at Michigan International Speedway, Ambrose won the pole for the Quicken Loans 400, leading 18 other drivers who broke the 200-mph barrier and 38 others who topped Ryan Newman’s previous track record of 194.232 mph, set in 2005.

Ambrose claimed the pole with a lap at 327.084 Km/h (35.426 seconds), beating second-place qualifier Kevin Harvick by a healthy 0.211 seconds.

Ambrose’s lap was the fastest run in the series since Bill Elliott posted 328.027 km/h at Talladega in 1987, the last year the series ran at Daytona and Talladega without restrictor plates. It was the fastest lap at a speedway other and Daytona and Talladega and the 11th fastest in series history.

Ambrose is the fourth driver to win a pole at a speed in excess of 200 mph, joining Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough and Elliott.

“It is a good bragging right, I’ll give it that,” Ambrose said.

“I’m just really excited to get the speed, and to claim to be the fastest guy out there is just awesome. We’ve missed some poles — this is my first pole in Sprint Cup. We’ve missed some by thousandths of a second and conditions changing, so it’s good that we actually got one to stick, and one that’s got so many records attached to it.

“It felt that fast to me, too. It felt like I was getting it done. Really fun times out there. When you get onto the frontstretch, and you gain about 100 RPM in a mile, you know that you got everything you could out of the corner. We were wide open for about 98 percent of the lap, and I felt very good about how we got the car dialled in to do that.”

RACE LINEUP: Quicken Loans 400 – Michigan International Speedway

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

MPH

TIME

1 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 203.241 35.426
2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 202.037 -0.211
3 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Rite Aid / Nexcare 201.816 -0.250
4 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 201.720 -0.267
5 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 201.472 -0.311
6 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 201.461 -0.313
7 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 201.444 -0.316
8 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 201.370 -0.329
9 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 201.247 -0.351
10 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 201.179 -0.363
11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 200.882 -0.416
12 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 200.725 -0.444
13 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 200.686 -0.451
14 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 200.591 -0.468
15 Aric Almirola Ford Medallion Financial 200.390 -0.504
16 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 200.384 -0.505
17 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mtn. Dew / The Dark Knight Rises / National Guard 200.317 -0.517
18 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Duracell 200.133 -0.550
19 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 200.111 -0.554
20 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 199.945 -0.584
21 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 199.612 -0.644
22 Austin Dillon Chevrolet American Ethanol 199.540 -0.657
23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 199.474 -0.669
24 Casey Mears Ford Valvoline NextGen 198.555 -0.836
25 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 198.473 -0.851
26 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 198.238 -0.894
27 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 198.118 -0.916
28 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 197.922 -0.952
29 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 197.781 -0.978
30 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 197.699 -0.993
31 Bobby Labonte Toyota Charter 197.395 -1.049
32 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 197.087 -1.106
33 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 197.055 -1.112
34 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 197.028 -1.117
35 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 196.829 -1.154
36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 196.818 -1.156
37 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 196.770 -1.165
38 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 196.673 -1.183
39 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 195.117 -1.475
40 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 194.295 -1.631
41 Stacy Compton Chevrolet Turn One Racing 193.606 -1.763
42 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 193.107 -1.859
43 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 190.638 -2.342
44 Tony Raines Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 188.216 -2.828
45 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal

* Rookie

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