Ambrose grabs front row start at The Glen

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Sunday 10th August, 2014 - 4:26am

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Ambrose will start second at Watkins Glen

Ambrose will start second at Watkins Glen

Marcos Ambrose has been pipped by Jeff Gordon for the pole in the Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

Gordon, a four-time Watkins Glen International winner, scored his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, topping Sprint Cup Series qualifying at the road course in Watkins Glen.

Ambrose set a new qualifying track record in the first round of qualifying with an average speed of 208.3956km/h (129.491 mph). However, in the final top-12 run-off Gordon set a speed of 208.355km/h (129.466 mph).

“I am very proud of my RPM team and everyone. It has been a great weekend for us so far,” said Ambrose.

“I wish Jeff was a little kinder to me to let me get the pole. I thought we had it at the end but it wasn’t enough.

“It was a pretty good lap though and I will take it. You have to be happy with front row starts. Jeff is a fantastic road racer and I have watched a lot of races here where he dominated. He is having a standout year.

“You can’t discount anybody out there. Anyone in that Top-12 if they had gotten the pole I wouldn’t have been surprised.”

Danica Patrick, who will start at the tail of the field because of an engine change, treated qualifying as a practice in her backup car. She placed 43rd.

QUALIFYING: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

 Pos CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 129.466 68.126 Leader
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 129.138 68.299 –0.173
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 128.968 68.389 –0.263
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 128.859 68.447 –0.321
5 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 128.816 68.470 –0.344
6 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Scott Products 128.701 68.531 –0.405
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 128.186 68.806 –0.680
8 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 128.179 68.810 –0.684
9 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 128.052 68.878 –0.752
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 127.867 68.978 –0.852
11 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 127.761 69.035 –0.909
12 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 127.510 69.171 –1.045
13 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 128.205 68.796 –0.670
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 128.131 68.836 –0.710
15 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 128.026 68.892 –0.766
16 99 Carl Edwards Ford Kelloggs / Cheez-it 127.839 68.993 –0.867
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 127.782 69.024 –0.898
18 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Bully Hill Vineyeards Toyota Camry 127.715 69.060 –0.934
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 127.575 69.136 –1.010
20 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Splash / Menards 127.573 69.137 –1.011
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Ford EcoBoost 127.562 69.143 –1.017
22 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 127.322 69.273 –1.147
23 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 127.309 69.280 –1.154
24 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota RK Motors Charlotte 127.278 69.297 –1.171
25 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 127.245 69.315 –1.189
26 34 David Ragan Ford Dockside Logistics 127.243 69.316 –1.190
27 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 127.197 69.341 –1.215
28 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 127.192 69.344 –1.218
29 95 Michael McDowell Ford K-LOVE Radio 127.177 69.352 –1.226
30 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 127.012 69.442 –1.316
31 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 126.819 69.548 –1.422
32 77 Nelson Piquet Jr Ford WORX 126.715 69.605 –1.479
33 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 126.704 69.611 –1.485
34 32 Boris Said Ford Genny Light 126.571 69.684 –1.558
35 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 126.508 69.719 –1.593
36 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry 125.824 70.098 –1.972
37 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 125.566 70.242 –2.116
38 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet Media Cast 125.266 70.410 –2.284
39 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 125.122 70.491 –2.365
40 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 125.101 70.503 –2.377
41 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Newtown Building Supplies 124.986 70.568 –2.442
42 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 124.981 70.571 –2.445
43 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 124.956 70.585 –2.459

 

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