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McMurray wins pole in Fontana

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, October 09, 2010

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Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet earned his second Coors Light Pole Award of the year at Auto Club Speedway. McMurray streaked around the 2-mile track in 38.859 seconds (185.285 mph) to win his fourth pole of the season and the seventh of his career. Elliott Sadler (184.407 mph) claimed the second starting position for Sunday's Pepsi Max 400.

Third-place qualifier Matt Kenseth (184.096 mph), whose last Cup win came at Fontana in Feb. 2009, was the only Chase driver in the top five. McMurray's teammate, Juan Montoya (184.068 mph) claimed the fourth spot on the grid, followed Kasey Kahne (183.964 mph).

McMurray believes the power in his Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines has made a difference this year.

"I think the ECR engines have a lot of power, and you're able to show that on Friday more than even in the race, because you're really able to put the power down in qualifying," said McMurray, the winner of the 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400.

"A little bit is cars, a little bit is engines, a little bit is the team putting maybe a little more focus -- our guys work really hard, not necessarily on the qualifying setup, but everything that goes into qualifying, making the cars as light as you can and so many little tricks that you're able to do. Not all the teams do that to the fullest level."

Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, points leader Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano will start from positions six through 10, respectively.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 185.285 38.859 Leader
2 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Reynolds 184.407 39.044 -0.185
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 184.096 39.110 -0.251
4 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 184.068 39.116 -0.257
5 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 183.964 39.138 -0.279
6 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 183.772 39.179 -0.320
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 183.767 39.180 -0.321
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 183.702 39.194 -0.335
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 183.552 39.226 -0.367
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 183.365 39.266 -0.407
11 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 183.360 39.267 -0.408
12 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 183.346 39.270 -0.411
13 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet The Hartford 183.271 39.286 -0.427
14 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 183.220 39.297 -0.438
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 183.211 39.299 -0.440
16 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 183.155 39.311 -0.452
17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Max / DuPont 183.057 39.332 -0.473
18 6 David Ragan Ford UPS Freight 182.983 39.348 -0.489
19 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Farm American 182.941 39.357 -0.498
20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 182.904 39.365 -0.506
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 182.797 39.388 -0.529
22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 182.788 39.390 -0.531
23 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 182.648 39.420 -0.561
24 98 Paul Menard Ford Vertis / Menards 182.528 39.446 -0.587
25 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 182.219 39.513 -0.654
26 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie 182.089 39.541 -0.682
27 83 Reed Sorenson Toyota Red Bull 182.089 39.541 -0.682
28 46 Michael McDowell Chevrolet Whitney's Collision Centers 181.965 39.568 -0.709
29 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 181.947 39.572 -0.713
30 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Valvoline 181.910 39.580 -0.721
31 36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 181.883 39.586 -0.727
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 181.452 39.680 -0.821
33 66 Jason Leffler Toyota Prism Motorsports 181.424 39.686 -0.827
34 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 181.264 39.721 -0.862
35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 181.196 39.736 -0.877
36 164 Landon Cassill Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 181.014 39.776 -0.917
37 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 180.791 39.825 -0.966
38 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Operation Home Front / Miller Lite 180.591 39.869 -1.010
39 37 Dave Blaney Ford A&W All American Food 179.556 40.099 -1.240
40 34 Travis Kvapil+ Ford Long John Silver's 178.077 40.432 -1.573
41 7 Kevin Conway+* Toyota Extenze 177.222 40.627 -1.768
42 71 Andy Lally+ Chevrolet The Media Barons 177.152 40.643 -1.784
43 09 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / GracewayPharmaceuticals Champion's Provisional
Did Not Qualify
44 55 Mike Bliss Toyota Prism Motorsports 180.650 39.856 -0.997
45 26 Patrick Carpentier Ford Air National Guard 179.753 40.055 -1.196

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