MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jamie McMurray pulled off a surprise at Martinsville Speedway with a pole-winning run in Friday qualifying.
McMurray is not one of the eight drivers qualified to race for the Sprint Cup title, and his qualifying record of 99.905 mph nudged six championship-eligible drivers in the final round of qualifying.
Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth, who are both in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, qualified second and third.
Non-Chase driver Tony Stewart was fourth, followed by title contenders Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.
It was a terrible qualifying session for Kevin Harvick, who appeared to twice slap the wall and failed to advance out of the first round. He'll start 33rd on Sunday, worst of all the Chase drivers.