Jamie McMurray benefited from a cooler track later in the afternoon. He used it to best Robby Gordon and receive his first pole in almost two years Friday at Sonoma. McMurray clocked in at 1:17.521. He nervously waited out the series top qualifier, Ryan Newman and F1 star, Juan Pablo Montoya.
"I was a little nervous," McMurray said. "I felt like somebody could definitely run faster. I definitely felt with Juan and Ryan going out later, I would definitely get beat. I kept telling everybody that."
Gordon, who is considered to be one of the best road racers in NASCAR, settled for second with his 1:17.533 lap. Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified the number 8 Bud car third. Boris Said and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.