"Yeah, it can turn us around, no doubt," Ambrose said. "We proved today that if we get our stuff right we can do it. We've just got to get some momentum and get some confidence back. Our little team is a tough team, but we've been knocked around pretty good. It's like we've gone nine rounds with Mike Tyson, but we're coming back strong here."
He was followed by Brian Vickers, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon.
The race is one of nine Vickers will run for Michael Waltrip Racing in a job share with Mark Martin and Waltrip.
"It was two spots not good enough, but it was good," Vickers said.
Stewart, whose team has struggled through the first five races of the season, qualified 26th and Danica Patrick, a rookie driving one of his cars, qualified 32nd in her first career appearance at the shortest track run in NASCAR's premier series.
Points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 17th.
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