Martin to lead Hendrick front-row

Mark Martin signs autographs for fans

Mark Martin signs autographs for fans

NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran Mark Martin will lead team-mate Jimmie Johnson to the green flag at Talladega on Sunday for the sixth race of the 2011 Chase.

The two Hendrick Motorsport drivers were separated by just 0.002s at the end of their qualifying runs, with Martin taking his 51st career pole in NASCAR’s premier division.

“I really want to make sure that I give 100 percent of the credit to, first, the organization of Hendrick Motorsports for the incredible work that they do on restrictor-plate racing cars,” said Martin after qualifying.

“But also (crew chief) Lance McGrew and the GoDaddy.com team took the same parts and pieces that the three teammates had and managed to put down just a little bit quicker lap.”

Soon to depart Richard Childress Racing driver Clint Bowyer and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will start third and fourth respectively, while Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr will share the third row in the third and fourth Hendrick entries.

Paul Menard, David Ragan, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10, while Australian Marcos Ambrose was 19th.

See below for the full qualifying result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

TIME

BEHIND

1 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 52.799 Leader
2 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet MyLowe’s 52.801 -0.002
3 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Chevy 100 Years 52.835 -0.036
4 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft 52.903 -0.104
5 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 52.930 -0.131
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew “Paint the 88” 52.934 -0.135
7 Paul Menard Chevrolet Serta / Menards 53.007 -0.208
8 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice 53.021 -0.222
9 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 53.138 -0.339
10 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 53.140 -0.341
11 Matt Kenseth Ford Jeremiah Weed Southern Style 53.142 -0.343
12 Tony Stewart Chevrolet El Monterey / Office Depot 53.168 -0.369
13 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 53.186 -0.387
14 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 53.209 -0.410
15 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Energizer 53.237 -0.438
16 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 53.250 -0.451
17 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s 53.250 -0.451
18 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / O’Reilly Auto Parts 53.264 -0.465
19 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 53.278 -0.479
20 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze 53.291 -0.492
21 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 53.297 -0.498
22 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 53.305 -0.506
23 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 53.310 -0.511
24 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 53.318 -0.519
25 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 53.318 -0.519
26 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 53.326 -0.527
27 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com 53.372 -0.573
28 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 53.393 -0.594
29 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 53.394 -0.595
30 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 53.481 -0.682
31 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 53.514 -0.715
32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 53.528 -0.729
33 Andy Lally* Ford TRG Motorsports 53.532 -0.733
34 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Halloween 53.563 -0.764
35 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 53.565 -0.766
36 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 53.595 -0.796
37 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 53.596 -0.797
38 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 53.616 -0.817
39 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 53.641 -0.842
40 David Gilliland Ford World Hunger  Relief 53.669 -0.870
41 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet Golden Corral 53.696 -0.897
42 Casey Mears+ Toyota GEICO 54.262 -1.463
43 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 53.627 -0.828
DNQ Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Luke & Associates 53.637 -0.838
DNQ Scott Speed Ford Red Line Oil 53.956 -1.157
DNQ T.J. Bell* Ford TRG Motorsports 54.080 -1.281
DNQ Josh Wise Ford Bradley University 54.085 -1.286

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