McMurray Captures Darlington Pole

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

Jamie McMurray had been fast all day, despite slapping the wall towards the end of the first practice session of the day. McMurray got his No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet back on track in final practice, and in qualifying, as he captures the pole position with a track record speed of 180.370 mph at Darlington.

Jeff Gordon, who has come oh so close to a victory in 2010, will roll off the grid in second. Brian Vickers, and David Reutimann haven’t been too spectacular thus far in their careers at Darlington, but they will start third and fourth, which bodes well for a good day for these two.

Mark Martin rounded out the top-five with a lap of 179.148 mph, Martin said following his run he was extremely proud of his lap no matter where he ended up.

Ryan Newman will start sixth Saturday night followed by Marcos Ambrose, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Kasey Kahne came home with a 10th-place starting position. Remember that in the history of Darlington, 88-percent of the time the winner has come from a top-ten starting position.

Kyle Busch qualified 17th, yet he smacked the wall extremely hard during his qualifying run.

Three drivers failed to make the race they are: Casey Mears, Joe Nemechek, and Mike Bliss.

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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