Mark Martin on pole at the Monster Mile

Mark Martin on pole for the third time in 2012

Mark Martin has once again proved age is no barrier taking his third pole position of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.

The 53 year-old was the last driver to make a qualifying attempt and he ran just 0.005 of-a-second faster than Jimmie Johnson.

The Coors Light pole award was Martin’s fifth at Dover and the 54th of his career, eighth most all-time.

“I’ll never do that again,” said Martin.

“I anticipated the car being loose, but I didn’t ask [crew chief] Rodney [Childers] if he tightened it up. I knew the conditions were looser than they were in our mock qualifying run [Friday], and I didn’t want to ask him because I didn’t want to be concerned.

“I knew that I only had to make it one mile without wrecking, and I was going to drive to the limit and slightly beyond, and I felt like I did that. I wouldn’t want to do that again. But I couldn’t sit on these poles without the fastest race car, and MWR [Michael Waltrip Racing] and Rodney Childers in particular and the guys on our team are doing that.”

Ryan Newman (158.235 mph) qualified third, followed by Clint Bowyer (158.047 mph) and Matt Kenseth (157.985 mph). Kevin Harvick, series leader Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin will start from positions six through 10, respectively.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 21st.

RACE LINEUP : FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks – Dover International Speedway

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED

TIME

1 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 158.297 22.742
2 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Madagascar 158.263 -0.005
3 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 158.235 -0.009
4 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 158.047 -0.036
5 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 157.985 -0.045
6 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy Johns 157.867 -0.062
7 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Heilind (EMD) 157.839 -0.066
8 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 157.839 -0.066
9 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 157.611 -0.099
10 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight / Autism Speaks 157.549 -0.108
11 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 157.542 -0.109
12 Aric Almirola Ford Jani-King / Smithfield 157.494 -0.116
13 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 157.418 -0.127
14 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 157.405 -0.129
15 Jeff Burton Chevrolet BB&T 157.363 -0.135
16 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 157.343 -0.138
17 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / Diet Mtn. Dew / National Guard 157.329 -0.140
18 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 157.178 -0.162
19 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 157.061 -0.179
20 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Pittsburgh Paints 156.822 -0.214
21 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 156.822 -0.214
22 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 156.781 -0.220
23 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 156.637 -0.241
24 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Allstate 156.563 -0.252
25 Scott Speed Ford Team Kyle / Koma Unwind 156.488 -0.263
26 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / CSX “Play it Safe” 156.460 -0.267
27 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 156.270 -0.295
28 David Ragan Ford MHP / 8 Hour Alert 156.216 -0.303
29 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 156.121 -0.317
30 David Gilliland Ford Autism Speaks 155.723 -0.376
31 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 155.676 -0.383
32 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 155.266 -0.444
33 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 154.912 -0.497
34 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 154.672 -0.533
35 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 154.559 -0.550
36 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 154.559 -0.550
37 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 154.480 -0.562
38 Reed Sorenson Ford FAS Lane Racing 154.096 -0.620
39 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 154.024 -0.631
40 Casey Mears+ Ford GEICO 153.866 -0.655
41 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 153.702 -0.680
42 Travis Kvapil+ Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 153.584 -0.698
43 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 154.480 -0.562
DNQ Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 154.288 -0.591
DNQ Cole Whitt Chevrolet Turn One Racing 154.242 -0.598

+ Set by Owner Points

* Denotes Rookie

 

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