Ambrose won the pole for Cheez-It 355 at The Glen when he posted a qualifying lap of 128.241 mph in 68.777 seconds. Saturday’s pole win is Ambrose’s first pole award of the season and third of his career. His qualifying lap also became a new track record.
Going into the race, Ambrose heads in as the two-time defending race winner, with wins in 2011 and 2012. He has won races at the Glen before, but during Saturday’s Cup Series qualifying session the pole win was his first at the 2.45-mile road course.
Joining Ambrose in the front row will be Clint Bowyer, followed by Martin Truex Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Kyle Busch.
The Cup Series qualifying session at Watkins Glen was the second time the series used the group qualifying format. The first time was at Sonoma Raceway back in June. Heading into Sunday, Ambrose goes in as one of the race favorites, considering his domination at the track the last two years.
During the last road course race, Ambrose was within the top contenders and was within one of the favorites as well. Watkins Glen gives him the best chance to capture his first win of the season just like it has in the past.