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Ambrose On Sonoma Pole

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, June 22 2012

Marcos Ambrose won his second straight pole. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Marcos Ambrose on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at the Sonoma, Calif. road course.

The Richard Petty Motorsports driver earned the pole with a lap at 95.262 mph.

The pole for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 was Ambrose second of the season.

Jeff Gordon (95.067 mph) was second fastest in the session Friday.

Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, qualified third at 94.795 mph.

Greg Biffle (94.722 mph) was fourth, followed by Martin Truex Jr. (94.686 mph).

Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, last year’s winner Kurt Busch, series leader Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman will start from positions six through 10, respectively.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., last week’s winner at Michigan and second in points, qualified 19th.

“I think Kentucky next week is going to be about 175 miles per hour, so I’ll be gunning for that as well,” Ambrose quipped. “I’m just really thrilled today. We put a lot of effort into this race . . . We brought a brand new hot rod for this race — better than the one we had here last year — and I’m just thrilled that we can convert.

“It’s only one lap. We’ve got to do a lot more on Sunday, but at least we can go home and say we had the fastest car. It was a good lap. I was more nervous, I think, running (95) miles an hour than I was running 200.”

Gordon was ahead of Ambrose’s pace until he reached the last two corners.

“There are always places you can gain, and it’s risk versus reward,” Gordon said. “There are some places where you can lose, too. I felt like I was aggressive in areas where the car was comfortable in practice, and it was giving me signs and feedback that it had good grip.

“I knew it was a better lap than what we had in practice, but I felt like there were some areas where I left a little bit. If you had to do it all over again, I’d love to take these segments and try to do them again, (but) all in all, I’m very happy.”

STARTING LINEUP

1. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 95.262 mph.

2. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 95.067 mph.

3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 94.795 mph.

4. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 94.722 mph.

5. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 94.686 mph.

6. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 94.679 mph.

7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 94.632 mph.

8. (51) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 94.557 mph.

9. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 94.524 mph.

10. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 94.509 mph.

11. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 94.503 mph.

12. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 94.319 mph.

13. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 94.269 mph.

14. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 94.209 mph.

15. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 94.206 mph.

16. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 94.199 mph.

17. (22) AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 94.184 mph.

18. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 94.103 mph.

19. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 94.026 mph.

20. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 93.991 mph.

21. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 93.949 mph.

22. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, 93.913 mph.

23. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 93.840 mph.

24. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 93.824 mph.

25. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 93.732 mph.

26. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 93.728 mph.

27. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 93.524 mph.

28. (32) Boris Said, Ford, 93.268 mph.

29. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 93.166 mph.

30. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 93.153 mph.

31. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 93.064 mph.

32. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 92.964 mph.

33. (98) David Mayhew, Ford, 92.833 mph.

34. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 92.563 mph.

35. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 92.459 mph.

36. (87) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 92.140 mph.

37. (19) Chris Cook, Toyota, 92.076 mph.

38. (49) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 91.927 mph.

39. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 91.836 mph.

40. (26) Josh Wise, Ford, 91.729 mph.

41. (10) Tomy Drissi, Chevrolet, Owner Points

42. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota, Owner Points

43. (33) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 91.686 mph.

Failed to qualify

44. (30) Brian Simo, Toyota, 91.078 mph.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, June 22 2012
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