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Martin edges Truex for Richmond pole

NASCAR
Friday, September 11, 2009

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Mark Martin, driver of the No. 5 Kellogg's/Carquest Chevrolet, wins his sixth pole of the 2009 season
Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR
With a lap at 126.808 mph (21.292 seconds), Mark Martin claimed his sixth pole of the season Friday at Richmond International Raceway. Currently 10th in the Cup standings, with a 69-point lead over 13th place Brian Vickers, Martin will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll 400.

Martin matched his career best season for poles, set 20 years ago in 1989, and it was his fourth on the 0.75-mile oval. It also was the 47th pole position of his career.

Martin edged Martin Truex Jr. (126.731 mph) for the top spot giving Chevy a 1-2 start in, you guessed it, a Chevy sponsored race. Denny Hamlin (126.630 mph) qualified third, followed by Jimmie Johnson (126.541 mph) and Kasey Kahne (126.452 mph). Vickers, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch (14th in points and 37 behind 12th place Matt Kenseth), Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards will start from the sixth through 10th spots, respectively.

"This is awesome," said Martin, who earned a head start on securing one of the 12 Chase positions. "The car's great in race trim, too. We had a pretty good car in Atlanta [last week], and I went out and qualified, and I felt a lot of pressure to not mess up. So when qualifying was over, I felt I had been a tad conservative.

"Friday night, when I went out to qualify, I had the confidence in the car from practice, and I knew what was riding on it, and I felt like it was worth the risk to go out there and try to get it all. ... I'll rest easy until Saturday night. It was a little better than I expected."

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg's / Carquest 126.808 21.292 Leader
2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 126.731 21.305 -0.013
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 126.630 21.322 -0.030
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 126.541 21.337 -0.045
5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 126.452 21.352 -0.060
6 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 126.251 21.386 -0.094
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Wounded Warrior / DuPont 125.992 21.430 -0.138
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 125.962 21.435 -0.143
9 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 125.921 21.442 -0.150
10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 125.786 21.465 -0.173
11 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Reynolds Wrap 125.769 21.468 -0.176
12 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 125.763 21.469 -0.177
13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 125.581 21.500 -0.208
14 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 125.570 21.502 -0.210
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 125.564 21.503 -0.211
16 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Bush's Beans 125.552 21.505 -0.213
17 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 125.506 21.513 -0.221
18 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 125.482 21.517 -0.225
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 125.476 21.518 -0.226
20 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 125.418 21.528 -0.236
21 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Year of the NCO 125.331 21.543 -0.251
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 125.290 21.550 -0.258
23 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 125.174 21.570 -0.278
24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 125.156 21.573 -0.281
25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 125.139 21.576 -0.284
26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 124.954 21.608 -0.316
27 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 124.781 21.638 -0.346
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 124.694 21.653 -0.361
29 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 124.625 21.665 -0.373
30 7 David Gilliland Toyota Jim Beam 124.521 21.683 -0.391
31 171 Mike Bliss Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 124.458 21.694 -0.402
32 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 124.372 21.709 -0.417
33 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 124.218 21.736 -0.444
34 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Insignia 123.967 21.780 -0.488
35 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet World Vision / Furniture Row Companies 123.944 21.784 -0.492
36 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center 123.893 21.793 -0.501
37 96 Bobby Labonte Ford DLP 123.694 21.828 -0.536
38 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 123.683 21.830 -0.538
39 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 123.581 21.848 -0.556
40 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 123.446 21.872 -0.580
41 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 123.125 21.929 -0.637
42 98 Paul Menard Ford Turtle Wax / Menards 123.080 21.937 -0.645
43 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO 122.772 21.992 -0.700
Did Not Qualify
44 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's 122.039 22.124 -0.832

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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