The NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers hit the track for qualifying on Friday afternoon and the lady in black caught a few guys trying to push the limits.
Jamie McMurray set a new track record just over 180mph, he earned the Coors Light Pole for Saturday night’s race.
The Chevrolet’s seemed to be leading the pack with McMurray on the pole and Jeff Gordon starting on the outside pole, yes in second.
Mark Martin and Ryan Newman were the other two Chevrolet’s starting fifth and sixth respectively.
Kevin Harvick is going to have some work to do as he will start 35th. Tony Stewart qualifying struggles continued, his lap of 27.72 was only 24th quickest.
Toyota was not far behind with Brian Vickers and David Reutimann starting third and fourth.
The top spot started changing following Kyle Busch who suffered some major damage to the side of his Toyota after bouncing off the wall, he would start 39th but would drop to the rear in a backup car.
His teammates fared much better Denny Hamlin will start eighth and Joey Logano will roll of 13th.
Brad Keselowski was the highest starting Dodge in the top 10, he will roll off ninth. Kurt Busch starts 14th and Sam Hornish, Jr. in 25th.
Of all the manufacturers the Ford’s once again struggled in qualifying. Roush Fenway Racing highest qualifier was Greg Biffle in 17th with Carl Edwards anchoring the organization in 41st.
Richard Petty Motorsports drivers Kasey Kahne, A.J. Allmendinger, Paul Menard and Elliott Sadler will start 10th, 12th, 20th and 38th respectively.
Some surprising runs were Marcos Ambrose in seventh, Michael McDowell in 18th and Martin Truex, Jr. in 33rd.
The drivers going home were Casey Mears, Mike Bliss and Joe Nemechek.
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