Mark Martin on pole for fifth time this season at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Mark Martin will start from the pole for the fifth time in the 2009 season Saturday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series Sharpie 500.

Martin’s lap of 124.484 mph was just good enough for first, edging second-place Greg Biffle by just over two one hundredths of a second.

“We just ran so many really special laps,” Martin said. “I believe the law of averages caught up with us. I didn’t need to choke today.


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“We got a great lap again, and so that was really really good.”

Rookie Scott Speed qualified fourth in his effort to return the No. 82 team back to the top-35 in points, Dave Blaney drove his start-and-park operation to a season-high fourth and Matt Kenseth will roll off fifth.

Qualifying Results

Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time Bnd
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 124.484 15.414
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 124.307 15.436 -0.022
3 82 Scott Speed* Toyota 124.146 15.456 -0.042
4 66 Dave Blaney Toyota 123.969 15.478 -0.064
5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 123.897 15.487 -0.073
6 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 123.89 15.488 -0.074
7 7 Casey Mears Chevrolet 123.754 15.505 -0.091
8 20 Joey Logano* Toyota 123.706 15.511 -0.097
9 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 123.642 15.519 -0.105
10 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge 123.61 15.523 -0.109
11 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet 123.586 15.526 -0.112
12 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 123.586 15.526 -0.112
13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 123.538 15.532 -0.118
14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 123.451 15.543 -0.129
15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 123.435 15.545 -0.131
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 123.34 15.557 -0.143
17 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 123.245 15.569 -0.155
18 0 David Reutimann Toyota 123.126 15.584 -0.17
19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 123.103 15.587 -0.173
20 96 Bobby Labonte Ford 123.047 15.594 -0.18
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 122.984 15.602 -0.188
22 8 Terry Labonte Toyota 122.842 15.62 -0.206
23 6 David Ragan Ford 122.787 15.627 -0.213
24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 122.756 15.631 -0.217
25 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 122.67 15.642 -0.228
26 4 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 122.646 15.645 -0.231
27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 122.584 15.653 -0.239
28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 122.576 15.654 -0.24
29 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 122.537 15.659 -0.245
30 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 122.521 15.661 -0.247
31 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 122.482 15.666 -0.252
32 99 Carl Edwards Ford 122.419 15.674 -0.26
33 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 122.411 15.675 -0.261
34 12 David Stremme Dodge 122.31 15.688 -0.274
35 37 Tony Raines Dodge 122.217 15.7 -0.286
36 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 122.115 15.713 -0.299
37 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 122.108 15.714 -0.3
38 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 122.053 15.721 -0.307
39 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota 121.566 15.784 -0.37
40 36 Mike Skinner Toyota 121.497 15.793 -0.379
41 98 Paul Menard Ford 121.389 15.807 -0.393
42 34 John Andretti Chevrolet 121.243 15.826 -0.412
43 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 120.626 15.907 -0.493

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