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Jamie McMurray Plays Spoiler in Sprint Cup Qualifying at Martinsville

Jamie McMurray crashed the Chase party at Martinsville Speedway on Friday and will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. With a speed of 99.905 mph, McMurray edged Joey Logano, who will start alongside on the front row. Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5.

Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer were the remaining drivers in the top 12.  With just two qualifying sessions on a short track, Chasers Jeff Gordon (13th) and Kevin Harvick (33rd) missed the cut for the second round.

McMurray was quick to credit his team for his pole-winning car after they had a successful test at Martinsville. “This is a great track for me and we had a really good test.  When things are going well you get excited to come back to the track,” McMurray said after qualifying.  “It was great that we were able to take that test and use that towards earning the pole today.  Keith (Rodden, crew chief) and Josh (Sell, engineer) made really good adjustments on our car from the first run to the second run really that was a difference maker.”

Sprint Cup teams have two practice sessions on Saturday, at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.  The Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Click below for full starting lineup by row:

Martinsville Cup Lineup


About the author

Amy is an 20-year veteran NASCAR writer and a six-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found working on her bi-weekly columns Holding A Pretty Wheel (Tuesdays) and Only Yesterday (Wednesdays). A New Hampshire native whose heart is in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.

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