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Jamie McMurray Wins the Pole at Darlington; Team Chevy Drivers Capture Three of Top-Five Starting Positions Darlington, SC - Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet, won the pole for the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with ...

Jamie McMurray Wins the Pole at Darlington; Team Chevy Drivers Capture Three of Top-Five Starting Positions

Darlington, SC - Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet, won the pole for the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a record-setting lap of 27.264 seconds, 180.370 mph.

It was the second number one starting position of the season for McMurray, winner of the 2010 Daytona 500, his first at Auto Club Speedway, and the fifth of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.

Team Chevy drivers captured three of the top-five and four of the top-10 starting positions for Saturday night's race.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont/National Guard Facebook Chevrolet, will start second. Mark Martin, No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet will roll of fifth and Ryan Newman, No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet, will start sixth.

Brian Vickers (Toyota) and David Reutimann (Toyota) complete the top-five starters.

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JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD'S CHEVROLET, POLE WINNER

"Well, I had a real good (turns) one and two. Three and four, I just can't run up against the wall like some of those other guys can. I pinched the car off a little bit there. Bono (Kevin Manion, crew chief) told me that a lot of guys were going through one and two good but they were just getting killed in three and four. I was just maybe a little conservative there, but our McDonald's Chevrolet was good. I am really excited. We've got some of the owner/operators from McDonald's here this weekend and I was talking with them in the trailer before hand, it was really cool to hear their stories about watching me win Daytona and talk about eating a Big Mac afterwards. It's been a fun day for us so far."

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JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT/NATIONAL GUARD FACEBOOK CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND :

"This team is on it right now. I am just so proud of them. Really excited about having National Guard on board this weekend on our DuPont Chevrolet. Go to Facebook, they have a lot of good stuff on there on their Facebook page. Man, it is just little tiny things that I could have done. The car was perfect. The car was better than the driver was right there. We've been getting a little bit loose over there off of two. The car stuck better than I thought it was going to. I committed to the entry and got it through the middle. I think I wimped out a little bit on the exit. From that point on, I thought we still had a good lap going and just didn't want to mess it up in three and four. I got through there pretty good. I knew it was going to be close. I said something on the radio "I don't know how to do it a whole lot better, but I would have liked to have it over." I would have liked to have had the exit of two over, I think we might have got it then. I am very proud and very happy with that lap and the whole team right now."

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MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 5TH :

"I didn't wreck and that was really a main goal of mine. I almost wrecked it three or four times in practice. We really weren't as fast as we wanted to be in race trim and I almost wrecked it several times and in qualifying trim, I just didn't want, you are going to do worse. You are going to start worse, you are going a race car that you haven't practiced and all that stuff. But I am competitive and I reached pretty deep and I thought what I did was pretty stupid but I didn't even have a close call so, I didn't wreck. I don't know how much I left, if any. I'm proud of that. I don't care how many people beat that, that is still good and still probably better than we were going to be in practice."

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RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 6TH:

"I was pretty happy with it, based on history, we ran in the .40s last year here at this time. We're right there again. I think the track might be a little bit hotter. The Haas Automation Chevrolet was good. I wouldn't say it was a perfect lap on my part, but it was a good lap and hopefully good enough for a top-10 starting spot."

-source: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Ryan Newman , Jamie McMurray , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Mark Martin