Ambrose scores front row start at Sonoma

Smiles for  Marcos Ambrose despite an engine glitch

Smiles for Marcos Ambrose despite an engine glitch

Despite an engine glitch Marcos Ambrose will start second at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma outside San Francisco.

Ambrose will share the front row with Jamie McMurray after the pair took park in the final group of qualifying where they all shared the track for five minutes, instead of a single lap run.

Coming around to stat his first flying lap Ambrose had his Ford’s engine momentarily cut-out.

“In our case the motor quit running coming to the green flag so I lost all of my momentum coming to the green flag,” said Ambrose.

“I thought about just bailing out of that lap and trying to roll around for a second lap, but I wasn’t sure about engine temperatures and the tyres go away so fast. I didn’t know if I had already stressed them out and if I could have made up time, so I just went for it.

“I pretty much lost my mind there and was really mad and just had to get my composure back to finish the lap off and it was good enough for the front row, so I’m proud of that but disappointed obviously that we didn’t get the pole position.

“We’re gonna have to look at everything because I’ve never had that happen before. We’ll change probably switches and things like to make sure there’s nothing wrong there in the wiring and we’ll go from there.”

The race will be run Monday morning Australian time.

SPRINT CUPĀ RESULTS

POSĀ 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Time

1

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet CESSNA 94.986 75.422

2

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 94.924 +0.049

3

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Aflac 94.779 +0.164

4

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M 94.772 +0.170

5

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 94.737 +0.198

6

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota The Home Depot / Husky 94.623 +0.289

7

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row / Sealy 94.574 +0.328

8

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 94.527 +0.366

9

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s 94.346 +0.511

10

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 94.334 +0.521

11

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 94.251 +0.588

12

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Rheem 94.215 +0.617

13

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 94.215 +0.617

14

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 94.016 +0.778

15

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 93.768 +0.979

16

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Moen 93.691 +1.042

17

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Freight 93.690 +1.043

18

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 93.684 +1.048

19

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s 93.683 +1.049

20

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Kingsford 93.668 +1.061

21

Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 93.580 +1.133

22

Jacques Villeneuve 51 Chevrolet TAG Heuer Avant-Garde Eyewear 93.554 +1.154

23

David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell 93.535 +1.170

24

Boris Said 32 Ford Hendrickcars.com 93.474 +1.220

25

Ron Fellows 33 Chevrolet Canadian Tire 93.464 +1.228

26

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 93.420 +1.264

27

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Utility Trailers 93.301 +1.362

28

David Stremme 30 Toyota Lean 1 / Raley’s / Swan Energy 93.258 +1.397

29

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 93.246 +1.407

30

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Haas Automation 30th Anniversary 93.187 +1.456

31

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 93.133 +1.500

32

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Farmland 93.038 +1.579

33

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 92.835 +1.747

35

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 92.750 +1.818

36

Justin Marks 7 Chevrolet GoPro 92.606 +1.938

37

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Ford EcoBoost 92.504 +2.023

38

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 92.331 +2.168

39

Alex Kennedy 19 Toyota MediaMaster 91.528 +2.849

40

Paulie Harraka 52 Ford Hasa Pool Products 91.416 +2.945

41

Tomy Drissi 87 Toyota TheMovieWolverine.com 90.625 +3.629

42

Victor Gonzalez Jr 36 Chevrolet IMCA Dominican Republic  

43

J.J. Yeley 37 Ford TBA 89.390 +4.721

 

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