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McMurray wins pole in Sonoma

Allmendinger 2nd
Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Jamie McMurray posted a track record with a time of 74.354 seconds
Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing
Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

This is McMurray's first pole this season and his third at the road course. The No. 1 Chip Ganassi driver posted a fast lap time of 74.354 seconds (96.350 mph). This is the 11th track record of the season and McMurray is the 11th different Coors Light Pole winner of the season.

AJ Allmendinger qualified second for Sunday's race.

Jamie McMurray
Rookie Kyle Larson, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch round out the starting top five lineup.

Danica Patrick, who also advanced to the final round, qualified 10th.

Notable drivers who did not advance to the final round were Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne.

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. ET with coverage on TNT.

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CHEVROLET SS – POLE SITTER
DESCRIBE THAT FINAL, QUICK LAP:
“I was really shocked that we could run fast on our third run. We made a change, but I’m not sure where that speed came front. That was a really good lap. The biggest thing here is to get off of (turns) 11 and seven with a drive.  I really could never get wide open in any gear – first, second or third – off of those corners. We kind of had all the rest of it down. Really good lap. I’m excited. It is cool. This is my third road course pole. That is pretty awesome.”

DESCRIBE HOW HARD IT WAS TO GET A CLEAN LAP OUT THERE:
“I think everybody in the garage area has been stressed out about trying to get that clean lap in qualifying all weekend long. I was really fortunate that we drew four, and I got to go right out. I didn’t hear of anyone getting in anyone’s way, but for me, I had two really clean laps so it was great.”

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT TOMORROW?
“I think you are going to see more pit stops when cautions come out. Tires are so important, more important than ever.  Every time we go to a road course, we run backwards. Everyone pits 10 laps before they can make it on fuel hoping you are going to see some cautions, but I think you will see guys putting tires on tomorrow. Should be a good race.”
FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, YOU WILL PACE THE FIELD TO THE GREEN HERE. HOW IMPRESSED WERE YOU WITH THE WAY THE TIRES PERFORMED IN THAT SESSION?
“Our car, I feel like all weekend long, has not been good on the first lap. Even in qualifying it seemed like I could run quicker on my second (lap). And every weekend, in this qualifying format you’re blown away that someone goes faster on older tires than they can on new tires. The drive off of (Turns) 11 and 7 is so hard here. I didn’t feel like I had that, but I feel like we’ve got the balance of the car better. So, it was a great lap. I’m so excited.”

BASED ON THAT INFORMATION, HOW WILL YOU SET YOUR STRATEGY FOR TOMORROW?
“Well, I thought our car in race trim was really good. The No. 15 (Clint Bowyer), I don’t know what happened to him in qualifying. I thought maybe he had the best car in race trim. But our car was really good on the long run. Track position is important. I think for the race, I think you’re going to more pit stops than normal because the tires give up so much. But we’re not going to change a whole lot. I feel really good about it.”

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KINGSFORD/CLOROX CHEVROLET SS – QUALIFIED 2ND
OH, SO CLOSE, BUT NOT QUITE THERE:
“Yes, Jamie (McMurray) put up a heck of a lap there. Two-tenths. Makes me feel a little bit better that he didn’t beat me by two-thousandths, because two-tenths is tough to find.  Just proud of everybody on the Kingsford Chevrolet No. 47 team. I think we have a good race car. Honestly, I was nervous about qualifying because we were that good in trim yesterday. So to be on the front row, it sure could be worse. We will go racing tomorrow.”

Lineup

Pos # DRIVER Make SPONSOR SPEED 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
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38 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 93.867 76.321 +1.967
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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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