McMurray wins pole for Sprint Cup race
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.”