McMur­ray wins pole for Sprint Cup race

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

JOLIET, Ill. — Find­ing speed hasn’t been a huge prob­lem for Jamie McMur­ray this sea­son. It’s the con­sis­tent re­sults that have so far eluded him.

McMur­ray won the pole po­si­tion for tonight’s race at Chicagoland Speedway, turn­ing a lap of 183.542 mph in his Chevro­let.

It is the third pole of the sea­son and sixth of his ca­reer for McMur­ray, who won the Day­tona 500 in Fe­bru­ary but has been strug­gling of late.

“We’ve had good speed all year, and we haven’t been able to cap­i­tal­ize on enough good fin­ishes,” McMur­ray said. “It seems like we ei­ther have a chance to win the race or we fin­ish 30th, and we’ve got to get a lit­tle bit bet­ter, more con­sis­tent there.”

McMur­ray was fol­lowed in qual­i­fy­ing by the Chevro­lets of Jim­mie and Tony Ste­wart.

McMur­ray said he and the No. 1 team con­cen­trated on try­ing to run the low groove at the bot­tom of the track in prac­tice. John­son planned to fly home to Char­lotte, N.C., right away to spend time with his wife and new­born daugh­ter. He will re­turn in time for tonight’s race.

“I’m glad it’s a night race,” John­son said. “But I could have used all this as an ex­cuse for not hav­ing my head in the game, but I think I’ve been able to keep my head in the game.”

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