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McMurray wins pole in California

Teammate Montoya will start 2nd
Friday, February 19, 2010

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Jamie McMurray
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Jamie McMurray stayed hot Friday in California after winning the Daytona 500 by going out and taking the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS).

McMurray posted a lap of 183.744 mph for his first pole at ACS and the fourth of career. He will be joined on the front row by his Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. It marks the first time the team has claimed both front row starting positions.

"Honestly, I am so amazed at the week I've had and then to come here and to be able to be on the pole, I really can't believe it," McMurray said. "It's pretty awesome."

Montoya, who is coming off his first top 10 at Auto Club after leading 78 laps last October, recorded a lap of 183.477 mph for his third top-10 start in six starts at ACS.

"We had a really good car," Montoya said. "For teammates to be up front like that, it’s incredible. The Chevy motors run great."

Clint Bowyer went out first in qualifying and held the top spot for a majority of the session with a lap of 183.127 mph.

"We ran a lot of practice in race trim and I think we have a really good car," Bowyer said. "We were pretty pleased with it before we switched over to qualifying trim."

Kasey Kahne (182.913) qualified fourth with Dave Blaney rounding out the top five with an impressive lap of 182.908 mph among the drivers required to qualify on time.

Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Sam Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch and Mark Martin, who topped the first practice session, rounded out the top 10.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 183.744 39.185 Leader
2 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 183.477 39.242 -0.057
3 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 183.127 39.317 -0.132
4 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser / Team USA 182.913 39.363 -0.178
5 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 182.908 39.364 -0.179
6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 182.899 39.366 -0.181
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 182.890 39.368 -0.183
8 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Auto Club 182.811 39.385 -0.200
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 182.788 39.390 -0.205
10 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 182.741 39.400 -0.215
11 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 182.597 39.431 -0.246
12 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 182.292 39.497 -0.312
13 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 182.195 39.518 -0.333
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 182.085 39.542 -0.357
15 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 181.974 39.566 -0.381
16 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 181.883 39.586 -0.401
17 36 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Wave Energy Drink 181.749 39.615 -0.430
18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 181.726 39.620 -0.435
19 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 181.671 39.632 -0.447
20 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 181.502 39.669 -0.484
21 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge AAA Insurance 181.333 39.706 -0.521
22 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 181.324 39.708 -0.523
23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 181.314 39.710 -0.525
24 09 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Phoenix Racing 181.314 39.710 -0.525
25 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 181.301 39.713 -0.528
26 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Armor All 181.228 39.729 -0.544
27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy Juice / National Guard 181.109 39.755 -0.570
28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 181.055 39.767 -0.582
29 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 181.041 39.770 -0.585
30 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 180.895 39.802 -0.617
31 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac "You don't know quack" 180.768 39.830 -0.645
32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 180.755 39.833 -0.648
33 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 180.587 39.870 -0.685
34 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 180.523 39.884 -0.699
35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 180.325 39.928 -0.743
36 98 Paul Menard Ford Energizer / Menards 180.081 39.982 -0.797
37 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 179.919 40.018 -0.833
38 37 Kevin Conway* Ford Extenze 179.292 40.158 -0.973
39 34 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 178.975 40.229 -1.044
40 7 Robby Gordon+ Toyota Warner Music Nashville / Whitney Duncan 176.302 40.839 -1.654
41 38 David Gilliland+ Ford Taco Bell 176.207 40.861 -1.676
42 26 Boris Said+ Ford Sacred Power / Southern Pride Trucking - - -
43 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 180.501 39.889 -0.704
Did Not Qualify
44 190 Casey Mears Chevrolet Keyed-Up Motorsports 179.915 40.019 -0.834
45 135 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 178.940 40.237 -1.052
46 46 Terry Cook* Dodge Whitney Motorsports 178.064 40.435 -1.250

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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