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Martin takes pole in Kansas

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Friday, October 02, 2009

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Mark Martin
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Mark Martin led a Hendrick Motorsports domination in qualifying at Kansas Speedway by taking the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400.

Martin bumped his teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the top spot with a lap of 175.758 mph. It's his seventh pole of the season and 48th of his career.

Earnhardt Jr.'s second-place effort is his best start since qualifying third, in the same car he's driving this weekend, at Indianapolis.

Brad Keselowski, who is making his second-to-last Cup Series start with Hendrick, qualified third. He was the best of the drivers that needed to qualify on time and the effort will give him his first Cup Series start at Kansas.

Tony Stewart went out first in qualifying and put down a fast lap of 175.041 mph, which was good enough for the fifth spot in another Hendrick affiliated car.

Kasey Kahne, Joe Nemechek, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon and Scott Speed completed the top 10.

Jimmie Johnson qualified 11th to give Hendrick six cars in the top 11.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 175.758 30.724 Leader
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 175.279 30.808 -0.084
3 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 175.205 30.821 -0.097
4 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 175.199 30.822 -0.098
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 175.040 30.850 -0.126
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 174.984 30.860 -0.136
7 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 174.786 30.895 -0.171
8 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 174.746 30.902 -0.178
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 174.712 30.908 -0.184
10 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 174.656 30.918 -0.194
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 174.627 30.923 -0.199
12 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 174.610 30.926 -0.202
13 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 174.577 30.932 -0.208
14 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 174.565 30.934 -0.210
15 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline 174.514 30.943 -0.219
16 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 174.216 30.996 -0.272
17 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 174.109 31.015 -0.291
18 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 174.109 31.015 -0.291
19 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 173.857 31.060 -0.336
20 98 Paul Menard Ford Zecol / Menards 173.796 31.071 -0.347
21 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 173.768 31.076 -0.352
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 173.723 31.084 -0.360
23 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 173.522 31.120 -0.396
24 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 173.472 31.129 -0.405
25 6 David Ragan Ford UPS Freight 173.377 31.146 -0.422
26 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 173.349 31.151 -0.427
27 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 173.282 31.163 -0.439
28 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald's Monopoly 173.277 31.164 -0.440
29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 173.121 31.192 -0.468
30 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 173.099 31.196 -0.472
31 16 Greg Biffle Ford Sherwin Williams / 3M 173.060 31.203 -0.479
32 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 172.999 31.214 -0.490
33 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 172.695 31.269 -0.545
34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 172.469 31.310 -0.586
35 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 172.425 31.318 -0.594
36 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 172.150 31.368 -0.644
37 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Mapei / Menards 172.040 31.388 -0.664
38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Reese's 171.931 31.408 -0.684
39 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 171.135 31.554 -0.830
40 34 John Andretti+ Chevrolet Taco Bell 170.670 31.640 -0.916
41 96 Erik Darnell+ Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 170.326 31.704 -0.980
42 19 Elliott Sadler+ Dodge Best Buy 170.181 31.731 -1.007
43 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO 172.629 31.281 -0.557
Did Not Qualify
44 204 David Gilliland Toyota Robby Gordon Motorsports 172.392 31.324 -0.600
45 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 171.119 31.557 -0.833
46 37 Kevin Hamlin Dodge Long John Silver's 170.175 31.732 -1.008
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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