Ambrose Wins First Cup Pole; Shatters Track Record At MIS
Posted by: Dave Thompson, follow @phillyfan17
June 16, 2012
Marcos Ambrose became new track record holder and NASCAR’s fastest man with his qualifying lap speed of 203.241 mph at Michigan International Speedway. Ambrose will lead the field to the checkered flag on Sunday for the Quicken Loans 400.
Ambrose becomes the fourth driver to win the pole with a lap over 200 mph. The others are Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough and Bill Elliott.
Ambrose’s record setting speed is the 11th-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
Ambrose went out 20th in qualifying and withstood the remaining 25 drivers to win his first Cup series pole.
Kevin Harvick will join Ambrose on the front row for Sunday’s race in driving his special Budweiser Folds of Honor paint scheme.
Greg Biffle, the fastest driver in the final practice yesterday at 204.708 mph, but was unable to match that speed in his qualifying run. Biffle had the third fastest speed at 201.816 mph.
Kasey Kahne went out 38th and qualified fourth with a speed of 201.720 mph. Kahne led the Hendrick Motorsports stable with Jimmie Johnson lined up 10th on the grid.
Ryan Newman, the previous record holder at Michigan International Speedway, rounded out the top-five in qualifying.
Carl Edwards reported engine problems and was unable to make an official qualifying lap and will start at the rear of the field in 42nd.
Austin Dillon, who won the pole for the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, earned the No. 33 Chevrolet from Richard Childress Racing a spot for Sunday’s race and will start 22nd.
Several notable drivers that will start deep in the field are:
Jeff Gordon – 28th
Jeff Burton – 33rd
Kyle Busch – 34th
The top 19 qualifiers for the Quicken Loans 400 all shattered the 200 mph barrier.
David Stremme and Stacy Compton failed to make the field for the race.
The teams qualified on the same tires they practiced on over the last few days, but will put the new left tires previous used at Charlotte Motor Speedway on for the first time for a 75-minute practice session that will begin at 6 p.m. ET. SPEED will televise the final practice.
The starting lineup for the Quicken Loans 400 at MIS:
|1||9||Marcos Ambrose||Stanley Ford||35.426||203.241|
|2||29||Kevin Harvick||Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet||35.637||202.037|
|3||16||Greg Biffle||3M/Salute Ford||35.676||201.816|
|4||5||Kasey Kahne||Farmers Insurance Chevrolet||35.693||201.720|
|5||39||Ryan Newman||US ARMY Chevrolet||35.737||201.472|
|6||17||Matt Kenseth||Ford EcoBoost Ford||35.739||201.461|
|7||21||Trevor Bayne(i)||Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford||35.742||201.444|
|8||14||Tony Stewart||Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet||35.755||201.370|
|9||20||Joey Logano||The Home Depot Toyota||35.777||201.247|
|10||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe’s Chevrolet||35.789||201.179|
|11||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Office Toyota||35.842||200.882|
|12||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Chevrolet||35.870||200.725|
|13||15||Clint Bowyer||5-hour Energy Toyota||35.877||200.686|
|14||55||Mark Martin||Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota||35.894||200.591|
|15||43||Aric Almirola||Medallion Ford||35.930||200.390|
|16||56||Martin Truex Jr.||NAPA Auto Parts Toyota||35.931||200.384|
|17||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||DietMtnDew/TheDrkKnghtRises/NtnlGrd Chev||35.943||200.317|
|18||27||Paul Menard||Menards/Duracell Chevrolet||35.976||200.133|
|19||1||Jamie McMurray||McDonald’s Chevrolet||35.980||200.111|
|20||22||AJ Allmendinger||Shell Pennzoil Dodge||36.010||199.944|
|21||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Target Chevrolet||36.070||199.612|
|22||33||Austin Dillon(i)||American Ethanol Chevrolet||36.083||199.540|
|23||23||Scott Riggs||North TX Pipe Chevrolet||36.095||199.474|
|24||13||Casey Mears||Valvoline NEXTGEN Ford||36.262||198.555|
|25||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite Dodge||36.277||198.473|
|26||51||Kurt Busch||Phoenix Construction Services, Inc. Chevrolet||36.320||198.238|
|27||98||Michael McDowell||Presbyterian Healthcare Ford||36.342||198.118|
|28||24||Jeff Gordon||DuPont Chevrolet||36.378||197.922|
|29||19||Mike Bliss(i)||Humphrey Smith Racing, LLC Toyota||36.404||197.780|
|30||26||Josh Wise #||MDS Transport Ford||36.419||197.699|
|31||47||Bobby Labonte||Charter Toyota||36.475||197.395|
|32||83||Landon Cassill||Burger King Toyota||36.532||197.087|
|33||31||Jeff Burton||Caterpillar Chevrolet||36.538||197.055|
|34||18||Kyle Busch||Snickers Toyota||36.543||197.028|
|35||38||David Gilliland||Long John Silver’s Ford||36.580||196.829|
|36||36||Dave Blaney||Seal Wrap Chevrolet||36.582||196.818|
|37||87||Joe Nemechek(i)||AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota||36.591||196.770|
|38||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports Ford||36.609||196.673|
|39||93||Travis Kvapil||Burger King Toyota||37.285||193.107|
|40||32||Ken Schrader||Federated Auto Parts Ford||Owner Points||190.638|
|41||10||Tony Raines||Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet||Owner Points||188.216|
|42||99||Carl Edwards||Fastenal Ford||Owner Points|
|43||49||JJ Yeley||America Israel Racing/JPO Absorbents Toyota||36.901||195.117|
Posted: June 16th, 2012
Categories: Featured, Nascar Sprint Cup Series.
Tags: Austin Dillon, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, kasey kahne, Kevin Harvick, marcos ambrose, Michigan International Speedway, Quicken Loans 400, Ryan Newman