Martin on Michigan pole as Owen Kelly goes fifth at Montreal

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Saturday 18th August, 2012 - 9:47am

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Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Michael Waltrip Racing’s veteran driver Mark Martin will start Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race from pole position.

Martin lapped the two-mile venue at an average of 199.71mph to be more than a full mph (0.20s) faster than Roush Fenway’s Carl Edwards.

Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth will share the second row, while Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr, Marcos Ambrose, Landon Cassill and Paul Menard complete the top 10.

Ambrose scored pole for Michigan’s June race with a 203.24mph average lap, and rates the circuit as his best chance to propel himself into Chase contention with victory.

Ambrose’s RPM team-mate Aric Almirola failed to set a time in qualifying after finding the wall on his lap.

A more commendable performance was put in by Parker Kligerman, who recorded the 17th quickest time while substituting for Sam Hornish. The latter had elected to take part in qualifying for the Nationwide race at Montreal, where he will start second.

Local hero Alex Tagliani will start the Montreal race from pole position, with fellow former open-wheel drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Danica Patrick third and fourth respectively.

Australian Owen Kelly put Kyle Busch’s Toyota fifth on the grid in the car-owner’s absence. Kelly had been fourth and 12th fastest in the two earlier practice sessions, and could race the car if Busch’s travel plans back from Michigan do not run to schedule.

See below for the full Michigan qualifying result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED

TIME

BEHIND

1 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 199.706 36.053 Leader
2 Carl Edwards Ford Geek Squad 198.626 36.249 -0.196
3 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 198.440 36.283 -0.230
4 Matt Kenseth Ford Fifth Third Bank 198.183 36.330 -0.277
5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 197.878 36.386 -0.333
6 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane 197.781 36.404 -0.351
7 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 197.650 36.428 -0.375
8 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 197.493 36.457 -0.404
9 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 197.433 36.468 -0.415
10 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Pittsburgh Paints 197.163 36.518 -0.465
11 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger / AARP 197.115 36.527 -0.474
12 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 197.012 36.546 -0.493
13 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 196.893 36.568 -0.515
14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 196.877 36.571 -0.518
15 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Wix Filters 196.732 36.598 -0.545
16 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 196.501 36.641 -0.588
17 Parker Kligerman Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 196.249 36.688 -0.635
18 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 196.217 36.694 -0.641
19 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 196.180 36.701 -0.648
20 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy Johns 196.052 36.725 -0.672
21 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 195.956 36.743 -0.690
22 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 195.822 36.768 -0.715
23 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 193.299 37.248 -1.195
24 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mercury 193.268 37.254 -1.201
25 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 193.138 37.279 -1.226
26 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 192.988 37.308 -1.255
27 Reed Sorenson Ford Plinker Tactical 192.709 37.362 -1.309
28 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox 192.596 37.384 -1.331
29 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 192.560 37.391 -1.338
30 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 192.539 37.395 -1.342
31 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 192.359 37.430 -1.377
32 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 192.282 37.445 -1.392
33 Jason Leffler Ford Plinker Tactical 192.205 37.460 -1.407
34 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 192.179 37.465 -1.412
35 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 192.118 37.477 -1.424
36 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 191.790 37.541 -1.488
37 David Ragan Ford Long John Silver’s 191.724 37.554 -1.501
38 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 189.943 37.906 -1.853
39 David Reutimann Chevrolet TMone.com 189.036 38.088 -2.035
40 T.J. Bell+ Ford Southern Pride Trucking 185.118 38.894 -2.841
41 Aric Almirola+ Ford Eckrich
42 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing
43 Mike Skinner Ford Phil Parsons Racing 189.939 37.907 -1.854
44 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 189.444 38.006 -1.953
45 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Max Q Motorsports 188.157 38.266 -2.213

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