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2 poles in a row
Marcos Ambrose wins top spot at Sonoma
NASCAR Charlotte Auto Heal
Marcos Ambrose, right, is congratulated by Aric Almirola after Ambrose on Friday won the pole position during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 race in Concord, N.C. Ambrose's top speed was 95.262 mph. Jeff Gordon will start second. - photo by Associated Press

Starting Positions
1. Marcos Ambrose
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Greg Biffle
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Kyle Busch
8. Kurt Busch
9. Matt Kenseth
10. Ryan Newman
11. Carl Edwards
12. Juan Pablo Montoya
13. Brad Keselowski
14. Joey Logano
15. Kasey Kahne
16. Denny Hamlin
17. A.J. Allmendinger
18. Bobby Labonte
19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20. Casey Mears
21. Brian Vickers
22. Scott Speed
23. Paul Menard
24. Tony Stewart
25. Jamie McMurray
26. Kevin Harvick
27. David Gilliland
28. Boris Said
29. David Ragan
30. Aric Almirola
31. Regan Smith
32. Dave Blaney
33. David Mayhew
34. Robby Gordon
35. Jeff Burton
36. Joe Nemechek
37. Chris Cook
38. J.J. Yeley
39. Travis Kvapil
40. Josh Wise
41. Tomy Drissi
42. Landon Cassill
43. Stephen Leicht

    SONOMA, Calif. — Marcos Ambrose had never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole before last week.
    Now he has two in a row.
    Ambrose won the top starting spot Friday for Sunday's race at Sonoma with a fast lap around the 1.99-mile road course. He knocked off five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, then waited to see if Jeff Gordon could beat him.
    "I don't know if I got it all, but I got a lot of it," Ambrose said after his lap, which averaged 95.262 mph.
    Gordon, the career leader on road courses with nine victories, was the last driver to attempt to qualify. He ran an aggressive lap around the 10-turn course, and just missed the pole with an average speed of 95.067 mph.
    Gordon will start second.
    "I thought it was a really good lap," Gordon said. "Hey, you've got to credit where credit is due: Marcos laid down a heck of a lap and we came up just a little bit short. We knew that was going to be a tough lap to beat."
    Ambrose, who excels at road course racing but is showing rapid improvement on ovals and picked up his first pole in 134 races last week at Michigan, said his Richard Petty Motorsports had his Ford ready for Sonoma.
    "We put a lot of effort into this road course program," said Ambrose, who raced to his lone Cup victory last year on the road course at Watkins Glen. "I'm thrilled for my team and it takes a whole team to qualify on pole two weeks in a row."
    Johnson ended up third, putting the Hendrick Motorsports teammates second and third on the starting grid, but said he's got a lot of work to do on his Chevrolet.
    Greg Biffle qualified fourth in a Ford.