NSCS: Mark Martin Wins Pole at ‘Dega – Qualifying Results/Recap

October 22, 2011 No Comments

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Mark Martin won the pole for Sunday afternoon’s Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, topping qualifying with a lap of 181.367 mph to earn his first pole since the Coke Zero 400 last July.

Martin also went down into the history books Saturday afternoon, as this was his 51st career pole, putting him eighth on the all-time list.

“That’s a huge number,” said Martin.

Rounding out the top-10: Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Menard, David Ragan, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman.

The two-car-tandems will be in full effect Sunday afternoon, which is why it is so important to start somewhere near your teammate to establish your ‘dancing partner’ early. Hendrick Motorsports accomplished just that, as all four HMS cars are starting in the top-six.

Chance are Martin will hookup with Jeff Gordon, as they seem to be the ‘dynamic duo’ at Talladega.

“We really feel like we have the two fastest cars at Talladega together,” said an ecstatic Martin.

DNQ: Bell, GBodine, Speed, Wise

Starting Lineup for Sunday’s Good Sam Club 500 (2 PM ET on ESPN):
1. Mark Martin
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Trevor Bayne
5. Jeff Gordon
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Paul Menard
8. David Ragan
9. Carl Edwards
10. Ryan Newman
11. Matt Kenseth
12. Tony Stewart
13. Kevin Harvick
14. Kurt Busch
15. Juan Pablo Montoya
16. Brad Keselowski
17. Travis Kvapil
18. Greg Biffle
19. Marcos Ambrose
20. Kevin Conway
21. Bobby Labonte
22. Regan Smith
23. Michael Waltrip
24. A.J. Allmendinger
25. Jeff Burton
26. Kasey Kahne
27. Joe Nemechek
28. J.J. Yeley
29. Michael McDowell
30. Brian Vickers
31. Denny Hamlin
32. Terry Labonte
33. Andy Lally
34. Kyle Busch
35. Joey Logano
36. David Reutimann
37. Martin Truex Jr.
38. Landon Cassill
39. Robby Gordon
40. Jamie McMurray
41. David Gilliland
42. Dave Blaney
43. Casey Mears

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