Mark Martin scores Richmond pole

Mark Martin in his MWR Toyota

Mark Martin in his MWR Toyota

Michael Waltrip Racing’s Mark Martin will start Richmond International Raceway’s Capital City 400 from pole position.

Martin lapped the 3/4 mile circuit in 21.04s to edge out Carl Edwards by just 0.006s.

“The Stanley Ford was better in qualifying,” said Ambrose.

“We wanted to be a tick better than that, but it’s still not bad. We’ll look over our notes and do some more homework for tomorrow night. I think we can have a good run.”

“I can’t say enough about this race team and that car,” said Martin after his lap, which was the last of the qualifying session.

“We were fast in practice and it was good to back that up with this qualifying effort. I’m looking forward to having a good night on Saturday.”

Kevin Harvick, AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr rounded out the top 10.

Australian Marcos Ambrose qualified 14th, just 0.17s from pole.

“The Stanley Ford was better in qualifying,” said Ambrose.

“We wanted to be a tick better than that, but it’s still not bad. We’ll look over our notes and do some more homework for tomorrow night. I think we can have a good run.”

See below for the full session result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

TIME

BEHIND

1 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 21.040 Leader
2 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing 21.046 -0.006
3 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches 21.087 -0.047
4 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 21.100 -0.060
5 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Ms. Brown 21.101 -0.061
6 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 21.135 -0.095
7 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 21.138 -0.098
8 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Brakes 21.147 -0.107
9 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 21.161 -0.121
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 21.169 -0.129
11 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield “Helping Hungry Homes” 21.184 -0.144
12 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 21.194 -0.154
13 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 21.205 -0.165
14 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 21.213 -0.173
15 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 21.225 -0.185
16 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 21.261 -0.221
17 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 21.266 -0.226
18 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 21.274 -0.234
19 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans 21.278 -0.238
20 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 21.290 -0.250
21 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 21.294 -0.254
22 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 21.302 -0.262
23 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 21.311 -0.271
24 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing 21.313 -0.273
25 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 21.325 -0.285
26 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 21.346 -0.306
27 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 21.350 -0.310
28 Greg Biffle Ford 3M “Give Kids A Smile” 21.356 -0.316
29 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 21.369 -0.329
30 Jeff Burton Chevrolet BB&T 21.408 -0.368
31 Paul Menard Chevrolet NIBCO / Menards 21.408 -0.368
32 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 21.411 -0.371
33 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 21.423 -0.383
34 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 21.432 -0.392
35 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 21.448 -0.408
36 Scott Speed Ford Tommy Williams Drywall 21.456 -0.416
37 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 21.485 -0.445
38 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 21.503 -0.463
39 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 21.545 -0.505
40 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Turn One Racing 21.663 -0.623
41 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 21.690 -0.650
42 Reed Sorenson Ford FAS Lane Racing 21.705 -0.665
43 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 21.807 -0.767
44 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 22.030 -0.990

 

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