Mark Martin Takes Pole For Subway Fresh Fit 500

[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photography, Inc.” align=”alignright” width=”247″][/media-credit]53 year old Mark Martin took the pole for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 away from Regan Smith with just one driver remaining to the applause of the fans at Phoenix International Raceway. This is Martin’s third career pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series here in Phoenix. His last pole in Phoenix came back in 2009. He ended up winning that event which turned out to be his first career win with Hendrick Motorsports.

“I can’t say enough for MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing), Aaron’s and my team giving me such great Toyotas. I want to make sure that everybody knows that having an owner for a driver is really, really special. I got this pole because of Michael Waltrip and something that he said to me right before I went to qualify and of course a great race car and a great team and everything else. Thank all the fans for cheering, that’s such a privilege to be still racing — thank you all.” Martin said.

Tony Stewart will start alongside Martin on the front row. We mentioned earlier that Stewart has one career win here which he won during his rookie season back in 1999. Martin also has only one victory here.


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Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Montoya, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Kasey Kahne.

Other notables include: Kyle Busch (12th), Hamlin (13th), Bowyer (16th), Kurt Busch (19th), Edwards (24th), Truex (25th), Kenseth (26th), Keselowski 28th), Jr. (29th), Gordon (30th).

“It was just awful. We have been way too free since we have been here and the track seems a lot more free than last time. We didn’t get much practice in the backup car with me wrecking the other one and having to put the motor in and all that stuff. That got us behind and we just missed it by a lot there in qualifying.” Kenseth said.

Hendrick Motorsports looks to rebound after losing 3 of their 4 race cars during the big crashes at Daytona. It looked like Jr. and Jeff Gordon are more focused on their race setups than Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. Kahne looked like he had a pole winning time, but his car bottomed out a lot especially in Turns 3 and 4.

Starting Lineup
Subway Fresh Fit 500, Phoenix International Raceway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/Cup/qual.php?race=2
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 55 Mark Martin Toyota 136.814 26.313
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 136.126 26.446
3 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 135.998 26.471
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 135.583 26.552
5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 135.547 26.559
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 135.491 26.57
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 135.074 26.652
8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 135.014 26.664
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota 134.998 26.667
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 134.771 26.712
11 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 134.615 26.743
12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 134.564 26.753
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 134.499 26.766
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 134.449 26.776
15 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 134.278 26.81
16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 134.268 26.812
17 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 134.058 26.854
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 134.048 26.856
19 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 133.939 26.878
20 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 133.814 26.903
21 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 133.764 26.913
22 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 133.665 26.933
23 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 133.63 26.94
24 99 Carl Edwards Ford 133.615 26.943
25 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 133.417 26.983
26 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 132.871 27.094
27 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 132.743 27.12
28 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 132.709 27.127
29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 132.597 27.15
30 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 132.441 27.182
31 13 Casey Mears Ford 132.251 27.221
32 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 132.231 27.225
33 26 Josh Wise* Ford 132.081 27.256
34 34 David Ragan Ford 132.057 27.261
35 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 131.685 27.338
36 38 David Gilliland Ford 131.516 27.373
37 98 Michael McDowell Ford 131.502 27.376
38 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 130.596 27.566
39 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 130.364 27.615
40 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 128.824 27.945
41 93 Travis Kvapil+ Toyota 127.845 28.159
42 32 Mike Bliss+ Ford 118.06 30.493
43 30 David Stremme Toyota 129.092 27.887

The Nationwide Series race begins shortly and the Sprint Cup race will take place tomorrow. Hope to see all of the fans there! Follow me on Twitter for updates! http://www.twitter.com/SirRyanTheOHara


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