NASCAR Week Two: Auto Club Speedway

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The 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is off to a great start. The Daytona 500 had some great racing with two Green, White, Checker restarts. The race finished under the Green Flag and the caution didn’t come out until after the leaders crossed the Finish line. Jamie McMurray, in his new Earnhardt Ganassi #1 car won the race, while fan favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. raced from tenth in the final lap to finish second.

This week is the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, California. And it looks like there’s no stopping Jamie. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Friday with Jamie capturing the pole with a speed of 183.744. And alongside him is team mate Juan Pablo Montoya in his #42 Chevy.

Forty-six drivers were entered in the Auto Club 500, so three had to go home. 33 Clint Bowyer came out first and was fast enough to end up in third in his Chevy. 9 Kasey Kahne in his Ford will start fourth. And 66 Dave Blaney locked himself into the race, qualifying fifth.

Last year 17 Matt Kenseth won the opener in Daytona and went on to win in California. This year Jamie wins the Daytona 500 and qualifies on the pole for the second race. Matt will start from the 20th position. 26 Boris Said had problems with his car and never did make a qualifying run. But he will start the race on Sunday, having Owner points from Jamie’s old car.

Those failing to qualify are #90 Casey Mears in an underfunded Chevy, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular, Johnny Sauter in the #35 Chevy and Truck veteran Terry Cook (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie) in his #46 Dodge. Terry did not make the Daytona 500.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is also racing this weekend. They will qualify and race later today.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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