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Ambrose holds off Edwards for pole

Updated: August 29, 2009, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- When it rained yet again at Circuit Gilles Villenueve, Marcos Ambrose was in the driver's seat.

The hard-charging Ambrose, who grew up in rainy Tasmania, turned a fast lap of 80.905 mph over the rainswept 2.7-mile street course on Saturday to capture the Nationwide series pole. He easily beat Carl Edwards, whose best lap was 80.116 mph but more than a second slower as dusk was beginning to fall.

"It's better to be lucky than good," Ambrose said. "It worked out perfectly. ...

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