McMurray wins pole at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 24: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald's Chevrolet, poses with Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualiyfing for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 24:  Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald's Chevrolet, poses with Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualiyfing for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 24: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet, poses with Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualiyfing for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Jamie McMurray was a cool as the fall air Friday putting down a lap of 99.905 to set a new pole speed record at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray took the top spot in the final session with five minutes to go. Joey Logano qualified second and Matt Kenseth third.

“We tested here and I thought we had a really good test,” McMurray said. “Keith (Rodden, crew chief) and Josh (Sell, Engineer) just did a really good job adjusting on the car. It’s amazing you can go quicker your second time out. For years we came here to these places and ran slower.”MORE>>>

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