McMurray leads again

Jamie McMurray continued his hot streak Friday as he won the pole for the 2010 Auto Club 500, which takes place on Sunday.

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McMurray had his odds jump from 60/1 to 15/1 following the pole victory, but Jimmie Johnson remains the favorite to win the race.

Johnson is a 7/2 favorite to win the race according to odds makers at the online sports book Sportsbook.com. Other short odds to win are Mark Martin (8/1), Tony Stewart (8/1), Kyle Busch (8/1), and Juan Pablo Montoya (8/1).

Johnson qualified seventh for Sunday’s race. He is a four-time winner at this track, including the 2002 race in Feb. Johnson’s average finish at this track is 5.8 and he has a series-best driver rating of 122.3 at this track.

Martin won this race in 1998 and is coming off a 12th place finish last weekend. Martin has just one career win on this track and an average finish of 14.3. His driver rating is 97.4, which ranks eighth among active drivers. He will start 10th on Sunday.

Kyle Busch has not won this event, but has one career win on this track. His average finish is 10.5 and his driver rating is 102.9, which ranks fourth. He finished 14th in the Daytona 500. Busch qualified ninth for Sunday’s race.

Montoya qualified second for this race. He has competed just six times on this track, finishing in the top five on one occasion. He has an average finish of 18.8 and has a driver rating of 78.4.

The Auto Club 500 will take place Sunday, Feb. 21 from Auto Club Speedway at 3PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Auto Club 500 – 2010 Auto Club 500 – Auto Club Speedway – Feb. 21, 2010

Jimmie Johnson 7/2    

Mark Martin 8/1    

Tony Stewart 8/1    

Kyle Busch 8/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 8/1    

Denny Hamlin 12/1    

Jeff Gordon 12/1    

Clint Bowyer 15/1    

Jamie McMurray 15/1    

Carl Edwards 15/1    

Kevin Harvick 15/1    

Kurt Busch 18/1    

Kasey Kahne 18/1    

Jeff Burton 20/1    

Matt Kenseth 20/1    

Greg Biffle 20/1    

Ryan Newman 22/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 25/1    

Brian Vickers 30/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 50/1    

Joey Logano 50/1    

David Reutimann 60/1    

David Ragan 100/1    

Marcos Ambrose 100/1    

Martin Truex Jr 100/1    

Brad Keselowski 100/1         

Scott Speed 200/1    

AJ Allmendinger 200/1    

Regan Smith 500/1    

Elliott Sadler 500/1    

Paul Menard 500/1    

Bobby Labonte 500/1 

Field (Any Other Driver) 200/1 

Qualifying Results

1 Jamie McMurray (1)

2 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

3 Clint Bowyer (33)

4 Kasey Kahne (9)

5 Dave Blaney (66)

6 Kevin Harvick (29)

7 Jimmie Johnson (48)

8 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

9 Kyle Busch (18)

10 Mark Martin (5)

11 David Reutimann (00)

12 Kurt Busch (2)

13 Scott Speed (82)

14 Jeff Burton (31)

15 David Ragan (6)

16 Tony Stewart (14)

17 Mike Bliss (36)

18 Ryan Newman (39)

19 Joey Logano (20)

20 Matt Kenseth (17)

21 Brad Keselowski (12)

22 Regan Smith (78)

23 Brian Vickers (83)

24 Aric Almirola (09)

25 Denny Hamlin (11)

26 Marcos Ambrose (47)

27 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

28 Jeff Gordon (24)

29 AJ Allmendinger (43)

30 Michael McDowell (55)

31 Carl Edwards (99)

32 Joe Nemechek (87)

33 Bobby Labonte (71)

34 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

35 Greg Biffle (16)

36 Paul Menard (98)

37 Elliott Sadler (19)

38 Kevin Conway (37)

39 Travis Kvapil (34)

40 Robby Gordon (7)

41 David Gilliland (38)

42 Boris Said (26)

43 Max Papis (13)

44 Casey Mears (190) DNQ

45 Johnny Sauter (135) DNQ

46 Terry Cook (46) DNQ

DNQ - Did Not Qualify

2010 Auto Club 500 Information

Race Date: Sunday, Feb. 21

Location: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Pre-Race: 2PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 3:16PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (250 laps)

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Posted: 2/19/10 10:53PM ET

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