February 28, 2014 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Brad Keselowski won the pole position Friday for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway under a new qualifying format implemented by NASCAR. Instead of having one car at a time go around the track in qualifying, NASCAR started using a knockout format to set the starting spots for the 43-car field. At tracks less than 1.25 miles long, such as the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway oval, qualifying was broken into two sessions. The entire field turned qualifying laps in the initial 30-minute session.
November 1, 2013 |
Once the Southern California hope for the Triple Crown, Goldencents emerged again spectacularly in the $1-million Dirt Mile on Friday in the opening day of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. The Doug O'Neill -trained horse, under a strategically perfect ride by Rafael Bejarano , started in the 11th spot of 11 starters, raced to the front under Bejarano's urging and held on well down the stretch, as Joel Rosario and Golden Ticket chased. Goldencents ended up winning by a decisive 23/4 lengths, and principal owner Glenn Sorgenstein said afterward that he had never doubted the horse, even after Goldencents won the Santa Anita Derby and then didn't measure up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, where the horse finished 17th and fifth.
August 30, 2013 |
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the first pole position of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career by posting the fastest qualifying speed for Sunday night's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stenhouse, 25, turned a lap of 189.688 mph in his No. 17 Ford on Friday to capture the first starting position at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track. Carl Edwards, Stenhouse's teammate at Roush Fenway Racing, qualified second at 189.021 mph and will start alongside Stenhouse on the front row. Juan Pablo Montoya was third at 188.539 mph and Denny Hamlin was fourth at 188.533.
August 10, 2013 |
Marcos Ambrose continued to show his mastery of the curvy road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y., by winning the pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Ambrose, who has won the last two Cup races at Watkins Glen International -- the Australian's only victories in the series -- turned a lap of 128.241 mph in his Ford on Saturday to capture the first starting spot. "I've never had a pole position here, so I dug deep and put down a solid lap and it was enough," Ambrose, 36, told reporters at the track.
July 27, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Newman set a track record Saturday in winning the pole position for NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Newman, a native of South Bend, Ind., won the pole in dramatic fashion. He was the last of 45 drivers to make their qualifying attempt and he knocked off defending Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson to grab the first starting spot. Newman turned a lap of 187.531 mph around the 2.5-mile speedway in his No. 39 Chevrolet, edging Johnson's 187.438 mph and smashing the previous record of 186.293 mph set by Casey Mears nine years ago. It was Newman's 50th pole in the Cup series, and his propensity to qualify first has earned him the nickname "Rocket Man. " Speeds were helped by unseasonably mild weather, with temperatures in the high-70s.
May 3, 2013 |
Travis Pastrana, the former X Games star turned NASCAR driver, added to his collection of firsts Friday by winning the pole position for the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. He circled the 2.66-mile tri-oval with a fast lap of 176.500 mph in qualifying for the Aaron's 312 on Saturday. “It sounds like a dream come true," said Pastrana, who drives for Roush Fenway Racing. "Bringing the guys to the line at the green flag at Talladega is awesome, so I'm definitely excited.