Who says there’s no momentum in racing?
Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray followed up his win in NASCAR’s biggest race by storming to the pole for the Auto Club 500 in Southern California on Friday afternoon, leading a front row that also includes Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.
"I'm still honestly amazed by the week I've had," McMurray said. "I really can't believe it. It's pretty awesome."
Four of the top six spots were taken by drivers running Earnhardt-Childress Racing (ECR) engines – In addition to McMurray and Montoya, Clint Bowyer was third and Kevin Harvick was sixth.
Kasey Kahne, in his first intermediate track appearance in a Ford, was fourth, and Dave Blaney rounded out the top five.
Four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson was seventh, followed by Sam Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch and Mark Martin.
Three drivers failed to qualify for the race: Casey Mears, Johnny Sauter (in a second car for Tommy Baldwin Racing) and Terry Cook.