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McMurray Edges Chase Drivers To Win Martinsville Pole

| , RacinToday.com Friday, October 24 2014


Jamie McMurray posted a lap in 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) to win the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

The pole was the second at Martinsville and the 11th of McMurray’s career.

Second fastest in qualifying were Chase drivers Joey Logano (99.605 mph) and Matt Kenseth (99.318 mph).

Tony Stewart (99.297 mph) qualified fourth, followed by Chase driver Denny Hamlin (99.266 mph). Six of the eight eligible remaining Chase drivers qualified in the top 12. Brad Keselowski will start sixth, Ryan Newman ninth and Carl Edwards 11th.

“We tested here a couple of weeks ago, and I thought we had one of the best tests that I’ve been a part of, really since I started racing,” McMurray said. “Really well organized… We made the car better throughout the test and hit on a couple things that really had a lot of speed in it.

“So I was pretty excited about getting here this weekend. Our cars have been so quick the past two or three months—really all year, but more so in the past few months. This is a great track for me, and we had a really good test. When things are going well, you get excited to come back to the track. It was really great that we were able to take that test and use that toward earning the pole today.”

| , RacinToday.com Friday, October 24 2014
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