Marcos Ambrose makes it two poles in a row

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Marcos Ambrose had never won a Sprint Cup Series pole before last week. Now he has two in a row.

Ambrose won the top starting spot for Sunday's race at Sonoma with a fast lap of 95.262MPH. around the 1.99-mile road course. He knocked off Jimmie Johnson, then waited to see if Jeff Gordon could beat him.

Gordon was the last driver to attempt to qualify, and just missed the pole. Gordon wound up second in Friday's qualifying session.

Johnson was third, followed by Greg Biffle and Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch qualified seventh and eighth.

Sprint Cup Series points leader Matt Kenseth was ninth, and Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10.


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