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McMurray wins Chicagoland pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, July 09, 2010

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Jamie McMurray
Continuing the tradition of everything happens in NASCAR for a reason, Jamie McMurray gave his sponsor, McDonalds, the pole in the backyard of their headquarters - for Saturday night's race at Chicagoland Speedway.

"It is a lot of pressure when you are good in practice and then try to repeat when it comes time to qualify," McMurray said. "But Bono (Kevin Manion, crew chief) did a really good job. He made the right changes. That is just all the faster we could go. We had a lot of grip and the balance is good.”

It is the third pole of the season and sixth of his career for McMurray, who won the Daytona 500 in February but has been struggling of late. McMurray turned a lap of 183.542 mph in his Chevrolet.

He was followed by the Chevrolets of Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. Greg Biffle qualified fourth in a Ford, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. in a Dodge.

"We are real happy with race trim and thought we would have a good shot at the pole and came close, just a few hundredths off the time that the No. 1 (Jamie McMurray) ran," Johnson said. "Left a little on the table in turn one, the car was a little uncomfortable down there but nailed three and four and had a good lap with this Lowe’s Impala.”

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 183.542 29.421 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 183.281 29.463 -0.042
3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice "Back to School" 182.877 29.528 -0.107
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 182.673 29.561 -0.140
5 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 182.605 29.572 -0.151
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 182.599 29.573 -0.152
7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tums 182.587 29.575 -0.154
8 98 Paul Menard Ford Moen / Menards 182.445 29.598 -0.177
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 182.445 29.598 -0.177
10 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 182.248 29.630 -0.209
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac Silver 182.168 29.643 -0.222
12 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 182.106 29.653 -0.232
13 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy's Geek Squad 182.039 29.664 -0.243
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 181.977 29.674 -0.253
15 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 181.867 29.692 -0.271
16 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley / Ace / Children's Miracle Network 181.806 29.702 -0.281
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 181.800 29.703 -0.282
18 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 181.653 29.727 -0.306
19 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 181.616 29.733 -0.312
20 09 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Coke Zero 181.555 29.743 -0.322
21 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 181.415 29.766 -0.345
22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite / Vortex 181.348 29.777 -0.356
23 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kleenex 181.324 29.781 -0.360
24 83 Reed Sorenson Toyota Red Bull 181.311 29.783 -0.362
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 181.299 29.785 -0.364
26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS Freight 181.099 29.818 -0.397
27 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 181.068 29.823 -0.402
28 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 180.929 29.846 -0.425
29 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 180.796 29.868 -0.447
30 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 180.385 29.936 -0.515
31 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 180.331 29.945 -0.524
32 71 Landon Cassill Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 180.270 29.955 -0.534
33 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 180.192 29.968 -0.547
34 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black 180.150 29.975 -0.554
35 36 Casey Mears Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 180.102 29.983 -0.562
36 26 David Stremme Ford Air National Guard / GTWGPS.com 179.934 30.011 -0.590
37 132 Mike Bliss Toyota Braun Racing 179.689 30.052 -0.631
38 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Mapei / Menards 179.414 30.098 -0.677
39 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 179.396 30.101 -0.680
40 37 David Gilliland+ Ford Taco Bell 178.701 30.218 -0.797
41 78 Regan Smith+ Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 178.436 30.263 -0.842
42 34 Kevin Conway+* Ford Extenze 176.881 30.529 -1.108
43 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 179.342 30.110 -0.689
Did Not Qualify
44 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 179.098 30.151 -0.730
45 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 178.849 30.193 -0.772
46 46 J.J. Yeley Dodge Whitney Motorsports 177.995 30.338 -0.917
47 164 Todd Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 177.352 30.448 -1.027

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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