NASCAR: Jamie McMurray on the Pole For Sunday's Pepsi Max 400

Kyle Brandt@@KBrandtMRSContributor IOctober 9, 2010

FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald's Chevrolet, celebrates by signing the pole board after setting the pole position during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi Max 400 on October 8, 2010 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Jamie McMurray has won the pole for Sunday's Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 185.285 MPH on Friday evening, his sixth pole of the 2010 season and seventh of his Sprint Cup career. McMurray also won the pole at Auto Club Speedway during the track's spring date in February.

Qualifying second was Elliott Sadler, who logged a lap of 39.04 seconds and a speed of 184.407 MPH. Sunday will mark Sadler's first front-row start since April of 2008 at Phoenix International Raceway.

The historically poor qualifier of Matt Kenseth surprised everyone by qualifying third for Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway with a lap of 39.11 seconds and a speed of 184.096 MPH and was the fastest among chase drivers. Kenseth looks to feed off the excellent qualifying effort and back up his win at Auto Club Speedway in February of 2009.

Rounding at the top-five is Juan Pablo Montoya, who qualified fourth with a lap of 39.12 seconds and a speed of 184.086 MPH and Kasey Kahne, who qualified fifth with a lap of 39.14 seconds and a speed of 183.964 MPH.

Pepsi Max 400 Starting Lineup:

  1. Jamie McMurray
  2. Elliott Sadler
  3. Matt Kenseth*
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Greg Biffle*
  8. Jimmie Johnson*
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.*
  10. Joey Logano
  11. Mark Martin
  12. Casey Mears
  13. Clint Bowyer*
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Jeff Burton*
  16. Kyle Busch*
  17. Jeff Gordon*
  18. David Ragan
  19. Regan Smith
  20. Carl Edwards*
  21. Kevin Harvick*
  22. Tony Stewart*
  23. David Reutimann
  24. Paul Menard
  25. Brad Keselowski
  26. Marcos Ambrose
  27. Reed Sorenson
  28. Michael McDowell
  29. Scott Speed
  30. A.J. Allmendinger
  31. J.J. Yeley
  32. David Gilliland
  33. Jason Leffler
  34. Denny Hamlin*
  35. Joe Nemechek
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. Sam Hornish Jr.
  38. Kurt Busch*
  39. Dave Blaney
  40. Travis Kvapil
  41. Kevin Conway
  42. Andy Lally
  43. Bobby Labonte
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* Denotes Chase for the Sprint Cup contender

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