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NNS: Ambrose Captures Montreal Pole

Marcos Ambrose won the pole for Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal. And in the process, he broke Canada’s heart.

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Ambrose, who has on three occasions lost this race in heartbreaking fashion, put the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota on the pole with a lap of 97.115 miles per hour. That was enough to knock off hometown favorite Jacques Villeneuve, who ran 96.660 mph in his Braun Racing Toyota Camry.

“I think I just made the entire population of Canada made at the nation of Australia,” said Ambrose. “It would have been a great story for Jacques to be on the pole.”

“I pushed a little too hard in the hairpin and lost a few tenths there,” said Villeneuve. “It was close, but it was fun.”

Row 2 will be Joey Logano’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, 86.686 mph, and Carl Edwards in the first Ford. Edwards ran 96.466 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

On Row 3 will be Boris Said and Jason Leffler. Completing the top 10 were Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Max Papis and Brad Coleman.

Robby Gordon had a dramatic session, losing a brake blower and a brake hose on his Toyota and then nearly running over a groundhog on the track. He ended the session 16th.

“I hate to say we beat ourselves, but we beat ourselves consistently in this sport for some reason,” said Gordon, who came in as one of the favorites, but will have to start at the back of the field because of repair made to the car. “ ... I think you can probably throw it in the trash. A wasted weekend. I’m hugely disappointed.”

“I feel bad for the groundhogs,” added Logano, who also had a close encounter with one of the furry critters during his qualifying lap. “I didn’t mean to run them out of their home.

Failing to qualify were Pierre Borque, Stanton Barrett and Kevin O’Connell.

Sunday’s race is the 25th of 35 on the 2010 NNS schedule. Keselowki comes in with a 313-point lead on Edwards. Kyle Busch, who is third in points and has won four consecutive NASCAR races in three divisions, is not entered this weekend.

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Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEED.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100 and e-mail him at Jensen is the author of “Cheating: The Bad Things Good NASCAR Nextel Cup Racers Do In Pursuit of Speed,” and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Jensen is the past President of the National Motorsports Press Association and an NMPA Writer of the Year.