Jamie McMurray summed up NASCAR's new qualifying procedure as "a success."
That's understandable. McMurray will start from the pole on Sunday for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 after posting the top time of 75.422 seconds (94.986 mph).
"I was fairly fortunate because I was the last car to go out in my group and when I left the pits I asked them where Marcos (Ambrose) was; he was the first car," McMurray said. "They said he was just now in turn seven. So, I rode around, I don't know, 20 seconds off the pace just take it easy. When I got to turn seven they said Marcos was just now to the start/finish line, so, no, I never saw a car the whole time.
"I think the qualifying format was a huge success. I don't know about the perspective on TV, but from the drivers' perspective that was a huge success."
Although it's the second pole (2007) for McMurray on the 1.99-mile circuit, he won't make the mistake he did the first time when he stayed up all night worrying about strategy and finished a c...