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McMurray Captures Ford 400 Pole At New Homestead-Miami Speedway MIAMI, Fla., -- Jamie McMurray captured the first NASCAR Winston Cup Series Bud Pole at the New Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend, turning a record lap of...

McMurray Captures Ford 400 Pole At New Homestead-Miami Speedway

MIAMI, Fla., -- Jamie McMurray captured the first NASCAR Winston Cup Series Bud Pole at the New Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend, turning a record lap of 181.111 mph, 29.816 seconds on the new state-of-the-art 20-degree, variable banking.

McMurray, wheeling the No. 42 Havoline Dodge, shattered the track-qualifying record for the old configuration - 34.518 seconds, 156.440 mph - set by Steve Park on Nov. 10, 2000.

McMurray will share the front row for Sunday's Ford 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season finale with Bobby Labonte, who posted a lap of 180.729 mph.

"It's exciting coming to a brand new race track and run that well," McMurray said. "I didn't think the first lap would be as fast as it was. Donnie (crew chief Wingo) told me it was a .81 and I said 'I oughta quit.' I thought the second lap was going to better. I really got a hold of turn one. I was loose on the first lap. I'm thrilled. I'm a terrible qualifier. You get lucky every once in a while and I'll take it."

Rounding out the top five were Brian Vickers, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon.

Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were among the drivers needing a provisional to make the race.

Tickets are still available for Ford Championship Weekend by calling 1-866-541-RACE (7223) or go online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Steve Park , Ryan Newman , Jamie McMurray , Brian Vickers