Martin captures the Capital City 400 pole at Richmond

[media-credit name=”Brad Keppel” align=”alignright” width=”258″][/media-credit]Mark Martin qualified late and captured the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 128.327 MPH (21.04 secs).

“I tried to get it on the first lap. I really didn’t want to run the second lap. I knew I was going to be close to wrecking and I didn’t want to wreck the car and when he (Rodney Childers, crew chief) didn’t call me off on the first lap, I knew that we hadn’t got it.” Martin said. “I had to buckle down and try to get a little bit more that second lap. It’s just a tribute to everybody that supports us at MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing).”

This was Martin’s second pole of the season and the 53rd of his career.

Martin captured his first pole at Richmond 31 years ago.  He also breaks the previous record of the oldest pole winner at Richmond (53 years, 3 months, 19 days).

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“I think a lot of guys like to see an old dude like me pull one off every once in a while. It’s pretty cool. Carl’s (Edwards) a good dude. It’ll be there other way around next time probably.” Martin said.

Carl Edwards qualified second, Kevin Harvick third, A.J. Allmendinger fourth and Kyle Busch qualified 5th.

“That is a good lap and we have Ford EcoBoost on the car which is a great product and hopefully this is a top-five or six starting spot. We have a better race trim package than we do a qualifying trim package so I am excited about that.” Edwards said.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the final practice session and qualified 10th. Teammates Jeff Gordon 6th, Kasey Kahne 9th, and Jimmie Johnson qualified 27th.

Series points leader Greg Biffle qualified 28th.

“I don’t know what happened there. I just guess we didn’t have the grip we needed. I was probably just a little bit tight in the center I guess and that was all the grip I had. It was all that I could do.” Biffle said.

Starting Lineup
Capital City 400, Richmond International Raceway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/Cup/qual.php?race=9
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 55 Mark Martin Toyota 128.327 21.04
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford 128.29 21.046
3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 128.041 21.087
4 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 127.962 21.1
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 127.956 21.101
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 127.75 21.135
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 127.732 21.138
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 127.678 21.147
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 127.593 21.161
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 127.545 21.169
11 43 Aric Almirola Ford 127.455 21.184
12 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 127.395 21.194
13 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 127.328 21.205
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 127.28 21.213
15 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 127.209 21.225
16 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 126.993 21.261
17 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 126.963 21.266
18 20 Joey Logano Toyota 126.915 21.274
19 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 126.892 21.278
20 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 126.82 21.29
21 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 126.796 21.294
22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 126.749 21.302
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 126.695 21.311
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 126.683 21.313
25 98 Michael McDowell Ford 126.612 21.325
26 13 Casey Mears Ford 126.487 21.346
27 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 126.464 21.35
28 16 Greg Biffle Ford 126.428 21.356
29 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 126.351 21.369
30 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 126.121 21.408
31 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 126.121 21.408
32 26 Josh Wise* Ford 126.103 21.411
33 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 126.033 21.423
34 30 David Stremme Toyota 125.98 21.432
35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 125.886 21.448
36 195 Scott Speed Ford 125.839 21.456
37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 125.669 21.485
38 34 David Ragan Ford 125.564 21.503
39 119 Mike Bliss Toyota 125.319 21.545
40 33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 125.151 21.574
41 38 David Gilliland Ford 124.481 21.69
42 32 Reed Sorenson+ Ford 124.395 21.705
43 74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 124.636 21.663

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