FONTANA, Calif. -- Jamie McMurray and Elliott Sadler will start up front at Auto Club Speedway after a rough day of qualifying for several Chase contenders.
McMurray had a fast lap of 185.285 mph around the two-mile oval Friday, just ahead of Sadler, another non-qualifier in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. It's McMurray's fourth pole this season.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson will start eighth Sunday, while fellow Chasers Matt Kenseth (third) andGreg Biffle (seventh) also made it into the top 10.
Several Chase drivers struggled on a warm Southern California day, with five qualifying 20th or worse.
Friday's practice: for the Pepsi Max 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
slowest: #34-Kvapil 174.808 & #83-Sorenson 175.447
notes: late in practice, #83-Sorenson spun off turn 2, didn't hit anything, but blew the tires. (from Jayski.com)
Pepsi Max 400 First Practice
Pepsi Max 400 Starting Lineup