Marcos Ambrose takes Cup pole at Watkins Glen

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Truex won at Sonoma in June after starting 14th to snap a 218-race winless streak and Bowyer held off Jeff Gordon to win at Sonoma last year as MWR has become a force on the twisting layouts.

“On the track yesterday, we were faster than he (Ambrose) was, so we’ll just have to wait and see,” Truex said. “Track conditions are going to be a lot different tomorrow than they were yesterday in practice. I feel like we can have a great day tomorrow with the speed that we’ve had in our cars all weekend long.”

Truex made long runs in practice to see what effect that had on the brakes. Racing around the high-speed, 2.45-mile layout can take a toll on the stopping power that is so critical at the end of the 90-lap event.

“These races are all about getting to the end, taking care of your stuff, having something to brake with at the end,” Truex said. “A lot can happen with strategy. All that stuff has to work out. I certainly won’t be trying to take the lead in the first corner or say I’m going to lead the first lap. That would be pretty idiotic.”

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