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Mark Martin takes Phoenix pole

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Sunday 4th March, 2012 - 8:38am

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Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Mark Martin needed just one of his qualifying laps to secure pole position for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix.

The veteran NASCAR driver claimed pole at the 1-mile track with a speed of 136.815 mph (26.313s) on his first qualifying lap.

The next-to-last driver to make an attempt, Martin waited as Tony Stewart tried to knock him off the pole but fell one position short, qualifying on the outside of the front row at 136.126 mph.

The pole award was the 52nd of Martin’s career – eighth-most all-time – his second at Phoenix and his first since joining Michael Waltrip Racing this year.

Regan Smith (135.998 mph) qualified third, followed by Jimmie Johnson (135.583 mph) and Juan Montoya (135.547 mph). Ryan Newman (135.491 mph) was sixth-fastest in a backup car after he brushed the wall in his original car in Friday’s practice.

Australian Marcos Ambrose will start the race from 14th.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 136.814 26.313 Leader
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 136.126 26.446 -0.133
3 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 135.998 26.471 -0.158
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 135.583 26.552 -0.239
5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 135.547 26.559 -0.246
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Wix Filters 135.491 26.570 -0.257
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Commercial Graphics 135.074 26.652 -0.339
8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 135.014 26.664 -0.351
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 134.998 26.667 -0.354
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 134.771 26.712 -0.399
11 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 134.615 26.743 -0.430
12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Ms. Brown 134.564 26.753 -0.440
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 134.499 26.766 -0.453
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 134.449 26.776 -0.463
15 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 134.278 26.810 -0.497
16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 134.268 26.812 -0.499
17 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford / Scott Products 134.058 26.854 -0.541
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield “Allez cuisine” 134.048 26.856 -0.543
19 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 133.939 26.878 -0.565
20 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Tarkett / Menards 133.814 26.903 -0.590
21 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 133.764 26.913 -0.600
22 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 133.665 26.933 -0.620
23 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 133.630 26.940 -0.627
24 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 133.615 26.943 -0.630
25 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Filters 133.417 26.983 -0.670
26 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 132.871 27.094 -0.781
27 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 132.743 27.120 -0.807
28 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 132.709 27.127 -0.814
29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 132.597 27.150 -0.837
30 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 132.441 27.182 -0.869
31 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 132.251 27.221 -0.908
32 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Accell Construction 132.231 27.225 -0.912
33 26 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 132.081 27.256 -0.943
34 34 David Ragan Ford Barrett-Jackson 132.057 27.261 -0.948
35 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing 131.685 27.338 -1.025
36 38 David Gilliland Ford Rick Santorum for President 131.516 27.373 -1.060
37 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 131.502 27.376 -1.063
38 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 130.596 27.566 -1.253
39 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 130.364 27.615 -1.302
40 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 128.824 27.945 -1.632
41 93 Travis Kvapil+ Toyota Burger King 127.845 28.159 -1.846
42 32 Mike Bliss+ Ford U.S. Chrome / Southern Pride Trucking 118.060 30.493 -4.180
43 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 129.092 27.887 -1.574
 
Did Not Qualify
44 37 Timmy Hill* Ford Poynt.com 128.967 27.914 -1.601

+ Set by Owner Points

* Denotes Rookie

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