Found June 21, 2013 on Yardbarker Blogger Network
SONOMA, Cali — Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 Stanley Tools Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports was fastest in first practice Friday at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Cali with a speed of 94.049. Juan Pablo Montoya was second quickest, with a speed of 93.890. Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, and Jamie McMurray conclude the top five in speed. Speeds from this session will be used to group drivers for qualifying. RELATED: NASCAR at SONOMA RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE In group qualifying, cars will be assigned to one of five or six groups based on practice speeds, slowest to fastest. Within those groups, cars will be separated fastest to slowest and released at intervals. Each group will have a window in which cars can complete their qualifying each likely receiving three laps at full speed. A car’s fastest lap will count and the field will be set based upon overall qualifying speeds. The process has been used previously for NASCAR Nationwide Series road course qualifications. All practice speeds below. Qualifying will be Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm EST, live on SPEED.

Clint Bowyer busts Marcos Ambrose on pre-race remarks

  Clint Bowyer is living proof that NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers read each other’s press clippings. Scarcely had Marcos Ambrose left the interview room Friday at Sonoma Raceway when Bowyer, during his own interview session, jokingly took issue with one of Ambrose’s comments. “If you look down the sheet of people who can win, there’s at least 20 drivers that could win,” Ambrose...

Ambrose Excited To Be Road Racing

It has been a trying 2013 so far for Richard Petty Motorsports driver Marcos Ambrose. During the off-season there was uncertainty whether Ambrose would return to the Sprint Cup Series or go back home to Australia. He came back, but the results have not been what he or his team expected. He comes to the Sonoma Raceway looking to change his luck and make a run at a wild card spot....

Jamie McMurray edges Marcos Ambrose for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole at Sonoma

  Those who were surprised that Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light pole for Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway simply haven’t been paying attention. With a lap at 94.986 mph (75.422 seconds) in Saturday’s time trials, McMurray edged pre-qualifying favorite Marcos Ambrose (94.924 mph) for the top spot in the first group-based qualifying format ever used in NASCAR’s...

Best practices

  There was a real sense of urgency in Friday’s first Cup practice, as drivers vied to be part of the final qualifying group on Saturday afternoon. Marcos Ambrose ran 12 laps during the session and posted the fastest speed (94.049 mph) on his 12th lap. With the five quickest drivers in first practice comprising the final qualifying group, that group  (No. 8) will include Ambrose...

Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma First Practice Times

Marcos Ambrose led the way with a lap of 76.173 seconds in the first practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma. Rounding out the top five was Juan Pablo Montoya, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, and Jamie McMurray. Pos # Driver Team Time Behind 1 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 76.173 Leader 2 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 76.302 -0.129 3 13 Casey Mears GEICO...
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