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07/24/09
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Martin leads opening day of Allstate 400 practice
Mark Martin at Indy Friday
Mark Martin topped the speed charts in Allstate 400 at the Brickyard practice at Chevy Day at the Brickyard, Friday, July 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Martin, driving the No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, turned a fast lap of 180.643 mph on the 2.5-mile IMS oval. 2000 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya wasn't far behind, posting a lap of 180.581 in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

Montoya, whose car carries a "Retro Target" paint scheme this weekend reminiscent of the colors he carried to victory in the 2000 Indy 500, sat atop of the speed chart for much of the second practice session until Martin posted his lap.

Kasey Kahne was third fastest in the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge at 180.245, 2003 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Kevin Harvick was fourth at 179.727 and Reed Sorenson, who won the Brickyard pole in 2007, was fifth in the No. 43 Valvoline Dodge at 179.716.

"Our run was pretty good," said Montoya, who is ninth in Sprint Cup points. "I think we've got a good race car. It ran good in race trim and ran good in qualifying trim, but at the end of the day for this Target team, it's all about points. If we're smart enough, I think we can make Sunday a very good points race for us. We've got a car close enough to make a run for the pole."

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. (ET) Saturday, July 25, with afternoon practices set for 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Public gates open at 7 a.m.

Among the drivers with Indiana ties, South Bend native Ryan Newman was eighth fastest at 179.215, while his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate/team owner Tony Stewart, of Columbus, was 12th at 178.855. Four-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner and former Pittsboro resident Jeff Gordon was 20th at 178.264 and South Bend's David Stremme was 27th at 177.922.

Drivers reported that the extensive Goodyear tire testing that took place at IMS since the 2008 event paid off, as a rubber "groove" developed on the track at the beginning of practice and tire wear was durable and excellent.

"The tires were great," Stremme said. "I didn't have any worries coming in here. Goodyear has done a great job. The race is going to be fun. Double-file restarts are going to be wild."

The 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26.

Results

Pos

Car Driver Team Time Speed Behind
1 5 Mark Martin CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet 49.822 180.643 ---.---
2 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 49.839 180.581 -0.017
3 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge 49.932 180.245 -0.110
4 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet 50.076 179.727 -0.254
5 43 Reed Sorenson Valvoline Dodge 50.079 179.716 -0.257
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet 50.083 179.702 -0.261
7 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 50.202 179.276 -0.380
8 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevrolet 50.219 179.215 -0.397
9 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 50.246 179.119 -0.424
10 *21 Bill Elliott Motorcraft Ford 50.253 179.094 -0.431
11 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge 50.254 179.090 -0.432
12 14 Tony Stewart Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet 50.320 178.855 -0.498
13 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 50.352 178.742 -0.530
14 44 A J Allmendinger Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge 50.363 178.703 -0.541
15 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 50.378 178.649 -0.556
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet 50.387 178.618 -0.565
17 18 Kyle Busch Snickers Toyota 50.404 178.557 -0.582
18 20 Joey Logano # Home Depot Toyota 50.423 178.490 -0.601
19 7 Robby Gordon John Manville Toyota 50.479 178.292 -0.657
20 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 50.487 178.264 -0.665
21 47 Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota 50.501 178.214 -0.679
22 07 Casey Mears Jack Daniel's Chevrolet 50.513 178.172 -0.691
23 16 Greg Biffle 3M/Pistonz Earplugs Ford 50.525 178.130 -0.703
24 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 50.527 178.123 -0.705
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Guitar Hero Chevrolet 50.543 178.066 -0.721
26 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 50.578 177.943 -0.756
27 12 David Stremme No. 12 Penske Dodge Dodge 50.584 177.922 -0.762
28 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Toyota 50.630 177.760 -0.808
29 31 Jeff Burton Prilosec OTC/Walmart Chevrolet 50.649 177.694 -0.827
30 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 50.711 177.476 -0.889
31 96 Bobby Labonte Ask.com Ford 50.789 177.204 -0.967
32 19 Elliott Sadler Best Buy Dodge 50.795 177.183 -0.973
33 *82 Scott Speed # Red Bull Toyota 50.806 177.144 -0.984
34 98 Paul Menard Johns Manville/Menard's Ford 50.862 176.949 -1.040
35 *13 Max Papis # GEICO Toyota 50.880 176.887 -1.058
36 *78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 50.902 176.810 -1.080
37 26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford 50.931 176.710 -1.109
38 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 50.951 176.640 -1.129
39 *87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 51.028 176.374 -1.206
40 *36 Mike Skinner Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Toyota 51.118 176.063 -1.296
41 34 John Andretti Taco Bell Chevrolet 51.127 176.032 -1.305
42 *66 Dave Blaney PRISM Motorsports Toyota 51.147 175.963 -1.325
43 *71 David Gilliland TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 51.207 175.757 -1.385
44 *09 Sterling Marlin Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort 51.923 173.334 -2.101
45 *08 Terry Labonte Carter/Simo Racing Toyota 52.254 172.236 -2.432
46 *75 Derrike Cope FlipNbags.com Dodge 52.836 170.338 -3.014

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