Ambrose takes back-to-back pole positions

Marcos Ambrose will start from pole at Sonoma

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose has backed-up last weekend’s pole position at Michigan by setting the fastest time for this weekend’s Toyota/Savemart 350 on the roadcourse at Sonoma in Northern California.

The Ford driver will start on the front row with Jeff Gordon after breaking the track qualifying record.

“I am really thrilled for today,” said Ambrose.

“I put a lot of effort into this race and everybody at Richard Petty Motorsports and the whole Stanley team have been rock solid behind me for the road course program.

“Ford Racing has done a lot of hard work here too and we brought a brand new hot rod for this race and it is even better than what we had here last year. I am glad we could convert the effort into a great result.

“It is only one lap and we have to do a lot more on Sunday but at least we can go home and say we had the fastest car. I was more nervous running 90 mph than I was running 200. You just have to be really precise with your marks and very aggressive and carry momentum through these tight corners.”

Ambrose is a hot favourite for the race as it’s on one of only two roadcourses in the series, with the other being Watkins Glen which he scored his debut Sprint Cup victory at last year.

The Tasmanian was in the box seat to win at Sonoma in 2010 when his car failed to re-fire while he was saving fuel behind the pacecar late in the race.

Ambrose will have some extra support in his corner with former Stone Brothers Racing stablemate Mark Winterbottom of Orrcon Steel Ford Performance Racing on-hand to watch this weekend.

The Toyota/Savemart  350 will take place Monday morning Australian time.

Here is the coverage from qualifying

RACE LINEUP : Toyota/Save Mart 350 | Sonoma, CA 

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

MPH

TIME

1 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 95.262 75.203
2 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 95.067 -0.154
3 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 94.795 -0.371
4 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / US Stationary 94.722 -0.429
5 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 94.686 -0.458
6 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 94.679 -0.463
7 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 94.632 -0.501
8 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 94.557 -0.561
9 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 94.524 -0.587
10 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans / Childrens Tumor Foundation 94.509 -0.599
11 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 94.503 -0.604
12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 94.269 -0.792
13 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 94.209 -0.841
14 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 94.206 -0.843
15 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 94.199 -0.849
16 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 94.184 -0.861
17 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox 94.103 -0.926
18 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard / 7-Eleven 94.026 -0.989
19 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 93.991 -1.017
20 Brian Vickers Toyota RKMotorsCharlotte.com 93.949 -1.051
21 Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing 93.913 -1.080
22 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Moen 93.840 -1.140
23 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 93.824 -1.153
24 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 93.732 -1.228
25 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 93.728 -1.231
26 David Gilliland Ford 1-800LoanMart 93.524 -1.398
27 Boris Said Ford HendrickCars.com 93.268 -1.608
28 David Ragan Ford Green 1 High Performance Green 93.166 -1.692
29 Aric Almirola Ford Medallion Financial 93.153 -1.703
30 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 93.064 -1.776
31 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 92.964 -1.859
32 David Mayhew Ford Phil Parsons Racing 92.833 -1.968
33 Robby Gordon Dodge MAPEI / SaveMart Supermarkets 92.563 -2.193
34 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 92.459 -2.280
35 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 92.140 -2.548
36 Chris Cook Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 92.076 -2.602
37 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 91.927 -2.728
38 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 91.836 -2.806
39 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 91.729 -2.897
40 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 91.686 -2.933
41 Brian Simo Toyota Inception Motorsports 91.078 -3.455
42 Tomy Drissi Chevrolet Ice Age Continental Drift 90.579 -3.888
43 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 89.341 -4.984

* Rookie

 

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