CGR driver will lead field to green in Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 (Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota MORE: Full Martinsville race lineup MARTINSVILLE, Va.— When the green flag waves to start the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), it won't be a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver who leads the field to the start/finish line. Touring the .526-mile short track in 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) in his No. 1 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray upstaged the championship contenders on Friday in winning the pole for the first race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase. In claiming his second Coors Light pole award of the season, his second at Martinsville and the 11th of his career, McMurray beat title contenders Joey Logano (99.605 mph) and Matt Kenseth (99.318 mph) for the top spot. Tony Stewart (99.297 mph) qualified fourth, followed by Chase driver Denny Hamlin (99.266 mph). Six of the eight eligible remaining Chase drivers qualified in the top 12. Brad Keselowski will start sixth, Ryan Newman ninth and Carl Edwards 11th. In McMurray's case, practice made perfect. His pole followed a productive recent test session at the historic short track. "We tested here a couple of weeks ago, and I thought we had one of the best tests that I've been a part of, really since I started racing," McMurray said. "Really well organized… We made the car better throughout the test and hit on a couple things that really had a lot of speed in it. "So I was pretty excited about getting here this weekend. Our cars have been so quick the past two or three months—really all year, but more so in the past few months. This is a great track for me, and we had a really good test. When things are going well, you get excited to come back to the track. It was really great that we were able to take that test and use that toward earning the pole today." Jeff Gordon, one of the pre-race favorites, narrowly missed advancing to the second round of knockout qualifying and will start 13th. The real casualty of Friday's time trials, however, was Kevin Harvick , who scraped the wall in the 30-minute first round and will start 33rd. "We just missed it today," said Harvick, whose career-average finish of 15.8 at Martinsville is worst among the eight remaining Chase drivers. "We were way too loose. We struggled in practice and just missed it in qualifying. "We'll just have to get it better (in Saturday's practice) and be ready to go on Sunday." Gordon, who missed advancing to the second round by .003 seconds, shrugged off his position on the grid. "I don't mind starting 13th," he said. "It's not a bad place to start. You just want that really good pit stall, and so we'll definitely suffer with a pit stall a little bit. "But we can definitely still win it from there. Our car is really good." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
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See where your favorite driver will line up on pit road RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Coors Light Pole Award winner Jamie McMurray earned first pick of pit stall, and the No. 1 team chose the No. 1 stall at the exit of pit road for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 (Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Martinsville Speedway . Two Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers qualified behind him -- Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth . McMurray will share the front row with Logano, who also will pit right next to the pole-sitter in stall No. 2. Meanwhile, Kenseth's team selected the 11th pit stall, the first box with an opening on pit road. Fourth-fastest in qualifying, Tony Stewart will pit across the opening from Kenseth in stall No. 10. The remaining six Chase participants will pit in the following stalls: Jeff Gordon, Pit stall No. 6 Denny Hamlin, Pit stall No. 8 Carl Edwards, Pit stall No. 13 Brad Keselowski, Pit stall No. 18 Ryan Newman, Pit stall No. 26 Kevin Harvick, Pit stall No. 32 MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Hendrick driver brings speed after being eliminated from Chase RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE 2 ( RESULTS ) Kevin Harvick ran the fastest lap of the final Sprint Cup Series practice session on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway , moving up to the top of the leaderboard after his fifth lap, run in 19.457 seconds. The title contender's speed may have come too late, however: He will roll off the grid 33rd in tomorrow's race. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., one week removed from failing to qualify at Talladega Superspeedway , was second-fastest with a lap in 19.473 seconds. Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon , two drivers who advanced into the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, both finished in the top five, with Keselowski third and Gordon fifth. Kyle Busch , who was eliminated from title contention after last weekend's race at Talladega, finished fourth. Jimmie Johnson, who was first in the earlier session, and pole-sitter Jamie McMurray finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with Justin Allgaier , Chase contender Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr . rounding out the top 10. Earnhardt battled a low splitter that was making contact with the track in corners, heading to the garage midway through the practice session for tweaks. Aric Almirola tried to pass the No. 32 of Kyle Fowler -- who will make his Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday -- but Fowler couldn't get over fast enough, leading to slight damage on both cars as they scraped each other in the corner. The rest of the Chase field finished as follows: Matt Kenseth , 14th; Ryan Newman , 17th; Denny Hamlin , 21st; Carl Edwards , 33rd. The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE 1 ( RESULTS ) Jimmie Johnson topped the second practice for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway , a significant improvement on his 19th-place showing in the opening practice. His fourth lap put him atop the leaderboard with a 98.023-mph run, the only of the session to top 98 mph. Hendrick Motorsports teammate and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender Jeff Gordon finished just behind him with a lap of 97.699 mph. Martin Truex Jr., pole-sitter Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick made up the rest of the top five, making a Chevrolet sweep at the top of the leaderboard. Brad Keselowski was the first non-Chevy on the leaderboard in sixth. Defending race-winner Kurt Busch was seventh-fastest., with Brian Vickers , Ricky Stenhouse Jr . and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top 10. The rest of the Chase contenders finished as follows: Joey Logano , 12th; Ryan Newman , 13th; Denny Hamlin , 14th; Matt Kenseth , 20th; Carl Edwards , 26th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. made slight contact with AJ Allmendinger coming out of a corner, doing slight damage to the No. 47. Allmendinger finished 15th, Earnhardt 23rd. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
See how the field will lineup up for the Eliminator Round premiere RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Pos Car Driver Team 1 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 3 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 4 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 6 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Halloween Toyota 9 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 10 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford EcoBoost Ford 12 15 Clint Bowyer AAA Insurance Toyota 13 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 14 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 15 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Chevrolet 16 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 17 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Pit for a Pair Ford 19 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 20 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 21 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 22 51 Justin Allgaier # Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet 23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 24 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 25 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 26 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 27 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 28 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 29 34 David Ragan Wendell Scott HOF Tribute Ford 30 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet 31 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet 32 23 Alex Bowman # DipYourCar.com Toyota 33 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 34 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 35 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 36 26 Cole Whitt # Uponor Plumbing Systems Toyota 37 7 Michael Annett # Allstate Peterbuilt Group Chevrolet 38 93 Clay Rogers Burger King Toyota 39 33 Travis Kvapil Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet 40 83 JJ Yeley(i) DipYourCar.com Toyota 41 44 Timmy Hill Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet 42 32 Kyle Fowler(i) corvetteparts.net Ford 43 66 Mike Wallace(i) Testoril Toyota (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Matthew Dillner takes you on a tour of the NSCS garage at Martinsville Speedway including interviews with Carter McMurray , Carl Edwards and others.
Jamie McMurray describes his plan for the ice-bucket challenge, and Jeff Burton fills in for the Cup race in Michigan. All that, and more, on this episode of GarageCam.