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Mark Martin wins Bristol pole

Sprint Cup Series
Friday, March 20, 2009

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Mark Martin
Mark Martin's drove his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Martin comes into the fifth race of the season in the 35th spot of the owner point standings and is in danger of losing a guaranteed starting spot next week in Martinsville if he falls below the Top 35 cut-off.  So surprise surprise, he wins the pole.

It was his second straight pole to follow-up his Atlanta top spot earned on March 6th.

"It feels really good,” said Martin. “The car was so fast at the finish line on the first lap I said I was going to quit. But I was going so fast there was no way I could get it to pit road. So I had to make a second lap.”

It was Martin's 43rd career Sprint Cup pole and the eighth of his career at Bristol.

Ryan Newman is another driver near the Top 35 cut-off in need of a good finish on Sunday and, surprise surprise, he also kicked off the weekend on a high note by claiming the outside front row starting spot.

Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five.

David Reutimann, Reed Sorenson, Dave Blaney. Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon completed the first ten qualifiers.

Scott Riggs and Jeremy Mayfield failed to qualify for the race.

Sunday's Food City 500 is slated for a 2 p.m. ET green flag.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 125.773 15.256 Leader
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 125.741 15.260 -0.004
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 125.453 15.295 -0.039
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 125.289 15.315 -0.059
5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 124.954 15.356 -0.100
6 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 124.808 15.374 -0.118
7 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 124.541 15.407 -0.151
8 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Hyde Park Storage Suites 124.508 15.411 -0.155
9 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 124.492 15.413 -0.157
10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 124.267 15.441 -0.185
11 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 124.194 15.450 -0.194
12 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 124.130 15.458 -0.202
13 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 124.130 15.458 -0.202
14 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window 123.946 15.481 -0.225
15 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 123.897 15.487 -0.231
16 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Fred's Hometown Discount Store 123.698 15.512 -0.256
17 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral 123.658 15.517 -0.261
18 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Champion Apparel 123.650 15.518 -0.262
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 123.626 15.521 -0.265
20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 123.610 15.523 -0.267
21 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 123.562 15.529 -0.273
22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 123.538 15.532 -0.276
23 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 123.523 15.534 -0.278
24 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 123.491 15.538 -0.282
25 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 123.427 15.546 -0.290
26 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 123.427 15.546 -0.290
27 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 123.372 15.553 -0.297
28 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 123.324 15.559 -0.303
29 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 123.118 15.585 -0.329
30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 123.071 15.591 -0.335
31 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 123.032 15.596 -0.340
32 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 123.024 15.597 -0.341
33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 122.827 15.622 -0.366
34 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 122.725 15.635 -0.379
35 7 Robby Gordon Toyota SPOT 122.709 15.637 -0.381
36 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 122.654 15.644 -0.388
37 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 122.404 15.676 -0.420
38 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 122.349 15.683 -0.427
39 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 122.248 15.696 -0.440
40 31 Jeff Burton+ Chevrolet Caterpillar 121.952 15.734 -0.478
41 6 David Ragan+ Ford UPS 121.914 15.739 -0.483
42 98 Paul Menard+ Ford Johns Manville / Menards 121.898 15.741 -0.485
43 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 123.189 15.576 -0.320
Did Not Qualify
44 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Array Lighting / Nexxus Lighting 122.193 15.703 -0.447
45 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 122.162 15.707 -0.451

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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