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McMurray's record lap takes Sonoma pole

SONOMA, Calif. — Jamie McMurray took the time to help rookie teammate Kyle Larson learn the road course at Sonoma Raceway. The payoff for working together was two Chip Ganassi Racing cars in the top three of the starting field of today's Sprint Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350.

McMurray won the pole with a track-record lap of 96.350 mph that bumped AJ Allmendinger from the top spot, and Larson qualified third. Allmendinger seemed to have the pole secured until McMurray broke the record of 95.262 mph set by Marcos Ambrose in 2012.

Carl Edwards was fourth, followed by Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman. Jimmie Johnson, winner of three of the past four races this season, qualified 22nd.

NATIONWIDE: Brendan Gaughan held off Alex Tagliani on the final lap to win the Gardner Denver 200 on a rainy track at Elkhart Lake, Wis. Gaughan won for the first time in the series in his 98th career start. It was the third time in series history grooved rain tires were used in a race.

FORMULA ONE: Felipe Massa earned his first pole since 2008 as Williams stunned Mercedes in Austrian Grand Prix qualifying at Spielberg. Massa and teammate Valtteri Bottas will start 1-2 for the season's first race without Mercedes in the front row.

NHRA: Antron Brown took the top spot in Top Fuel for today's finals in the New England Nationals at Epping, N.H. Other leaders: Robert Hight (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

McMurray's record lap takes Sonoma pole 06/21/14 [Last modified: Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:22pm]
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