Marcos Ambrose placed himself in prime position to win his third straight race at Watkins Glen International, earning the pole with a track-record lap of 128.241 mph. Ambrose earned his first pole of the year, and the third of his career.
Ambrose will attempt to become the third driver to win three consecutive races at the road-course; Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers who have accomplished the feat.
Saturday marked the 12th time this season that a Gen-6 car has set a track qualifying record. The next nine drivers who qualified also broke the previous track record.
The full lineup and starting grid is listed below:
|1||1||Marcos Ambrose||2||Clint Bowyer|
|2||3||Martin Truex Jr.||4||A.J. Allmendinger|
|3||45||Kyle Busch||6||Jamie McMurray|
|4||7||Paul Menard||8||Brad Keselowski|
|5||9||Joey Logano||10||Matt Kenseth|
|6||11||Juan Pablo Montoya||12||Michael McDowell|
|7||13||Kurt Busch||14||Ryan Newman|
|8||15||Brian Vickers||16||Carl Edwards|
|9||17||Greg Biffle||18||Jimmie Johnson|
|10||19||Kasey Kahne||20||Denny Hamlin|
|11||21||David Gilliland||22||Jeff Burton|
|12||23||Owen Kelly||24||Ron Fellows|
|13||25||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||26||Kevin Harvick|
|14||27||Boris Said||28||Jeff Gordon|
|15||29||Max Papis||30||Casey Mears|
|16||31||David Ragan||32||Aric Almirola|
|17||33||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||34||Victor Gonzalez Jr.|
|18||35||Danica Patrick||36||David Reutimann|
|19||37||Alex Kennedy||38||Travis Kvapil|
|20||39||David Stremme||40||Dave Blaney|
|21||41||Landon Cassill||42||Tomy Drissi|
Green flag is scheduled for 1:19 p.m. ET, with coverage on ESPN and the Motor Racing Network.