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Jamie McMurray takes Sonoma pole

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Sunday 22nd June, 2014 - 7:18am

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McMurray took back-to-back pole at Sonoma

McMurray took back-to-back pole at Sonoma

Jamie McMurray for the second-straight year has won the Coors Light Pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway outside San Francisco.

The big surprise of the session was the performance from Australia’s Marcos Ambrose, who will start from 23rd on the first of two roadcourse races of the season.

With tyre wear sure to be a massive issue in the race, Ambrose concentrated on car balance throughout practice; it came at the detriment of a fast qualifying time. With tyre drop-off expected to be high, the RPM driver will be aiming to move through the field in the race.

McMurray’s performance made him the 11th different pole winner of the year and his time was another new qualifying record. In fact 22 drivers went under the previous record held by Ambrose.

AJ Allmendinger looked to have secured pole before McMurray headed out to be the final driver to make his run in the last 10-minute segment. His performance was outstanding after McMurray needed two runs to make it into the final top-12 segment.

“I was a little disappointed that we had to go back out and make another lap to get into the top 12, because I thought that was going to ruin our chances of getting a good spot or sitting on the pole,” said McMurray.

“This knockout qualifying, it’s an emotional roller coaster, from not making it in the top 12 and having to go back out and bump your way in to then being on the pole. There’s a lot of highs and lows that go with that.

“It’s really cool for us to get bumped out and then come back and sit on the pole.”

McMurray’s teammate Kyle Larson qualified third for what is his first Sprint Cup road race. Carl Edwards will start fourth, followed by Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman.

VIDEO: McMurray wins the pole at Sonoma


QUALIFYING: Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway 

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR BEST SPEED BEST TIME BEHIND
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 96.350 74.354 Leader
2 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kingsford-Clorox 96.088 74.557 –0.203
3 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 95.942 74.670 –0.316
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 95.857 74.736 –0.382
5 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 95.704 74.856 –0.502
6 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Outback / Budweiser Folds of Honor 95.655 74.894 –0.540
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 95.616 74.925 –0.571
8 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 95.574 74.958 –0.604
9 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond/Menards 95.528 74.994 –0.640
10 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 95.417 75.081 –0.727
11 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 95.414 75.083 –0.729
12 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 95.327 75.152 –0.798
13 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 95.617 74.924 –0.570
14 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 95.605 74.933 –0.579
15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Panasonic 95.552 74.975 –0.621
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 95.479 75.032 –0.678
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Kelley Blue Book 95.461 75.046 –0.692
18 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 95.451 75.054 –0.700
19 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 95.432 75.069 –0.715
20 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Pretzel 95.378 75.112 –0.758
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 95.308 75.167 –0.813
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 95.296 75.176 –0.822
23 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 95.247 75.215 –0.861
24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford EcoPower Oil 95.136 75.303 –0.949
25 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 95.044 75.376 –1.022
26 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 95.028 75.388 –1.034
27 38 David Gilliland Ford LOVE’S TRAVEL STOP 94.992 75.417 –1.063
28 95 Michael McDowell Ford K-LOVE Radio 94.972 75.433 –1.079
29 43 Aric Almirola Ford Nathan’s Famous 94.897 75.492 –1.138
30 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 94.865 75.518 –1.164
31 34 David Ragan Ford Long John Silver’s “Free Fish & Fries” 94.793 75.575 –1.221
32 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters 94.734 75.622 –1.268
33 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Dogecoin/Reddit.com 94.568 75.755 –1.401
34 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 94.562 75.760 –1.406
35 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 94.491 75.817 –1.463
36 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet Media Cast 94.147 76.094 –1.740
37 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet carsforsale.com 94.012 76.203 –1.849
38 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 93.867 76.321 –1.967
39 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Phoenix Warehouse 93.741 76.423 –2.069
40 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Theme Park Connection 93.498 76.622 –2.268
41 32 Boris Said Ford 7eleven/AmeriGas 93.377 76.721 –2.367
42 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 92.282 77.632 –3.278
43 66 Tomy Drissi Toyota MightyHercules.com 91.115 78.626 –4.272

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