McMurray On Pole, All EGR Front Row

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

Jamie McMurray has capped the perfect week. First he won the Daytona 500 Sunday, now today he captured the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at California with a lap of 183.744 mph. He has to have Roush-Fenway Racing scratching their heads. Roush of course let McMurray go in the offseason.

McMurray is off to a fast start, but he isn’t the only one on the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing team that is looking good thus far this season. Juan Montoya qualified second for this weekend. Montoya also finished 10th last week at Daytona. With the performance of EGR so far, one has to think if Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. may soon wonder if they made the right moves in leaving the team. This will be interesting to follow all season long.

Richard Childress Racing also is seeing a huge improvement this season, and it continued on qualifying day in California. Clint Bowyer will start third, while teammates Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton will start sixth and 14th.

Kasey Kahne qualified fourth, and Dave Blaney put up an eye popping lap. Blaney will start an impressive fifth on Sunday in his No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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