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Saturday 15th March, 2014 - 10:20am

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Ambrose will start fifth at Bristol

Ambrose will start fifth at Bristol

Marcos Ambrose has backed-up strong speed in practice to set the fifth fastest time for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

Ambrose was fifth fastest in the only practice held prior to qualifying on the ‘World Fastest half mile’ and during the elimination-styled qualifying he set a time early in the first 30-minute session which placed him 10th. 12 cars went into the pole 10-minute shootout and this time Ambrose waited for the final minute before venturing out onto the track to set a time.

“That’s great and just what we needed,” said Ambrose.

“We’ve been fast all day and this Stanley team feels pretty good going into Sunday.

“We knew going into qualifying we had a good chance of advancing. We had a good run and then just waited in the final round.

“It was lot of fun to actually be in that mix and I feel really good about it. We’ve had trouble with our two qualifying sessions before this one and today we made it stick. We had a good car off the truck. We just tuned on it a little bit and we kept working on it and making it better, so I’m looking forward to the race.

“This has been a good track for me in the past and I hope it’s going to be good to me on Sunday.”

Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Qualifying Award in the first qualifying session since NASCAR changed to the new group format. Hamlin went to the top soared to the top of the leaderboard in the final 10-minute session with a speed of 209.200 km/h (129.991 mph), a new track record, for his first pole award of the season. The previous track record holder was Kyle Busch, who qualified at a speed of 129.535 mph set last March. Busch qualified seventh on Friday.

Brad Keselowski kept the Penske front row qualifying streak going setting the second fastest time.

Changes to qualifying included drivers being able to hook cars up to cooling units, and cool-down laps on the track apron were no longer permitted.

David Reutimann and Dave Blaney did not qualify for the race.

VIDEO: Hamlin takes pole at Bristol


QUALIFYING: FOOD CITY 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway

POS 

Car #

Driver

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 129.991 14.761 Leader

2

2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 129.965 14.764 –0.003

3

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Home Depot Husky 129.073 14.866 –0.105

4

22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 128.830 14.894 –0.133

5

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 128.727 14.906 –0.145

6

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta 128.245 14.962 –0.201

7

18 Kyle Busch Toyota Skittles 128.159 14.972 –0.211

8

16 Greg Biffle Ford Meguiar’s 127.946 14.997 –0.236

9

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge 127.801 15.014 –0.253

10

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 127.690 15.027 –0.266

11

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Kobalt Tools 127.385 15.063 –0.302

12

99 Carl Edwards Ford Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes 127.073 15.100 –0.339

13

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 128.322 14.953 –0.192

14

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 128.271 14.959 –0.198

15

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 128.245 14.962 –0.201

16

38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 128.236 14.963 –0.202

17

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 128.168 14.971 –0.210

18

26 Cole Whitt Toyota GEAR Speed Stick 127.929 14.999 –0.238

19

34 David Ragan Ford Dockside Logistics 127.903 15.002 –0.241

20

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 127.792 15.015 –0.254

21

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Nationwide Insurance 127.682 15.028 –0.267

22

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Bush’s Grillin’ Beans 127.648 15.032 –0.271

23

43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 127.605 15.037 –0.276

24

95 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love 127.605 15.037 –0.276

25

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 127.597 15.038 –0.277

26

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Bad Boy Buggies / Realtree 127.529 15.046 –0.285

27

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 127.444 15.056 –0.295

28

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond/Menards 127.436 15.057 –0.296

29

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 127.351 15.067 –0.306

30

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet SEM Products 127.343 15.068 –0.307

31

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet CRC Brakleen 127.182 15.087 –0.326

32

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 127.174 15.088 –0.327

33

23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 127.165 15.089 –0.328

34

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 126.896 15.121 –0.360

35

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 126.645 15.151 –0.390

36

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet #10 GoDaddy-Get Found Chevrolet 126.628 15.153 –0.392

37

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 126.545 15.163 –0.402

38

55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 126.445 15.175 –0.414

39

32 Travis Kvapil Ford AskMore-GetMore.com 126.303 15.192 –0.431

40

83 Ryan Truex Toyota Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry 125.363 15.306 –0.545

41

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota Swan Energy 124.460 15.417 –0.656

42

66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 122.537 15.659 –0.898

43

33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet LittleJoesAutos.com 122.084 15.717 –0.956

 

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