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See how the remaining Chase drivers have fared at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
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
See the order the cars will go off in on Friday (4:40 p.m. ET, FS1) RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota # Car Driver Team 1 26 Cole Whitt # Uponor Plumbing Systems Toyota 2 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet 3 66 Mike Wallace(i) Testoril Toyota 4 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 5 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 6 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 7 51 Justin Allgaier # Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet 8 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet 9 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 10 34 David Ragan Wendell Scott HOF Tribute Ford 11 44 Timmy Hill Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet 12 23 Alex Bowman # DipYourCar.com Toyota 13 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 14 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 15 15 Clint Bowyer AAA Insurance Toyota 16 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 18 33 Travis Kvapil Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet 19 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 20 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 21 83 JJ Yeley(i) DipYourCar.com Toyota 22 32 Kyle Fowler(i) corvetteparts.net Ford 23 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Halloween Toyota 24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 25 7 Michael Annett # Allstate Peterbuilt Group Chevrolet 26 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 27 99 Carl Edwards Ford EcoBoost Ford 28 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 29 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 30 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 31 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 32 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 33 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 34 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 35 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 36 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 37 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 38 93 Clay Rogers Burger King Toyota 39 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Chevrolet 40 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 41 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 42 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 43 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Pit for a Pair Ford MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
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