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50th career pole for Martin at Daytona

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Saturday 2nd July, 2011 - 8:44am

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Career pole no.50 for Mark Martin

NASCAR veteran Mark Martin has scored his 50th career pole position during qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

Martin (Chevrolet) will share the front row with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne (Ford).

Martin is only the eighth driver to reach the 50-pole mark.

“It’s awesome – kudos to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports,” said Martin.

“We had a good run at Talladega and can’t wait to running tomorrow night.”

After setting the fastest time in Friday practice, Australia’s Marcos Ambrose qualified 15th.

Importantly for the Tasmanian, who will make his 100th Sprint Cup start, his race pace should be good after he worked together with Richard Petty Motorsports teammate A.J. Allmendinger during the practice in the two-car draft. Allmendinger was second fastest in practice and will start the race ninth.

Like Talladega, working in two-car drafts at Daytona in crucial to running towards the front on the carburettor restrictor plate track.

“We’re lined up pretty close and just about as good as anyone can,” said Ambrose of his draft with Allmendinger.

“We’re actually even in the same lane, so I feel good about it. He’ll just drop back to me and we’ll get after it.”

The race gets underway Sunday morning Australian time from 9am.

RESULTS: Qualifying Coke Zero 400 – Daytona

Pos Driver Speed MPH Time
1 Mark Martin 182.065 49.43
2 Trevor Bayne 182.002 49.45
3 Clint Bowyer 181.624 49.55
4 Jeff Gordon 181.583 49.56
5 David Ragan 181.320 49.64
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 181.240 49.66
7 Andy Lally 181.039 49.71
8 Jimmie Johnson 180.995 49.72
9 A.J. Allmendinger 180.948 49.74
10 Paul Menard 180.934 49.74
11 Ryan Newman 180.894 49.75
12 Jeff Burton 180.781 49.78
13 Kasey Kahne 180.752 49.79
14 Carl Edwards 180.748 49.79
15 Marcos Ambrose 180.745 49.79
16 Matt Kenseth 180.661 49.82
17 Greg Biffle 180.581 49.84
18 Jamie McMurray 180.571 49.84
19 Tony Stewart 180.549 49.85
20 Brian Vickers 180.469 49.87
21 Landon Cassill 180.343 49.90
22 Kevin Conway 180.310 49.91
23 David Reutimann 180.296 49.92
24 Bobby Labonte 180.242 49.93
25 Kurt Busch 180.173 49.95
26 Brad Keselowski 180.040 49.99
27 Travis Kvapil 179.856 50.04
28 Regan Smith 179.853 50.04
29 Mike Skinner 179.784 50.06
30 Juan Pablo Montoya 179.734 50.07
31 Kevin Harvick 179.651 50.10
32 Casey Mears 179.616 50.11
33 Michael McDowell 179.605 50.11
34 Martin Truex Jr. 179.433 50.16
35 Geoffrey Bodine 179.261 50.21
36 Denny Hamlin 179.229 50.22
37 Joey Logano 179.083 50.26
38 Kyle Busch 178.855 50.32
39 David Gilliland 178.646 50.38
40 Dave Blaney 178.618 50.39
41 Terry Labonte 178.586 50.40
42 Mike Bliss 177.904 50.59
43 Joe Nemechek 179.087 50.26
44 Tony Raines 178.363 50.46
45 J.J. Yeley 175.750 51.21

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