Truex Jr. grabs Martinsville pole

Truex Jr. has taken pole at the 'Paperclip'

Truex Jr. has taken pole at the ‘Paperclip’

Pole position for Martin Truex Jr. at Martinsville has showed that he will continue to press over the final races of the NASCAR season even though he is out of the championship hunt.

Truex’s chances went up in smoke last weekend at Talladega, but he wants victory at the track known as the ‘Paperclip’.

It is the second-straight week that Truex has put his Toyota on the point and fifth time this season.

“It’s a cool accomplishment and this track is so difficult and so tough,” Truex Jr. said. “The history here and it’s just a place that everybody wants to be good at.”

“Really proud of my guys after the week we had last week. Obviously to come here, perform and get it done – I’m excited to see what we can do the rest of the weekend.”

The Toyota driver will share the front row with Chase contender Joey Logano at what is the opening race of three in the Round of 8.

Completing the top five is Jimmie Johnson (Chase contender), AJ Allmendinger and Chase Elliott.

Chase drivers Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch will line up seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

While title contenders Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick will start from start 17th and 20th.

The tight confines of Martinsville did catch out two drivers with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon both finding the concrete.

If one of the eight remaining Chase drivers wins Sunday’s race, he will be locked into the one-race, winner-take-all championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In that race, the best finisher of the final four drivers will be crowned the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

QUALFIYING: Goody’s Fast Relief 500 – Martinsville Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME/GAP
1 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota Auto-Owners Insurance 98.206 19.282
2 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 98.165 +0.008
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 97.840 +0.072
4 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kroger/Clorox 97.729 +0.094
5 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts 97.699 +0.100
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Haas Automation Chevrolet SS 97.684 +.103
7 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Sport Clips 97.613 +0.117
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 97.518 +0.136
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Halloween 97.508 +0.138
10 88 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nationwide 97.427 +0.154
11 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 96.904 +0.259
12 23 David Ragan Toyota Dr. Pepper 96.830 +0.274
13 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 97.422 +0.155
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Credit One 97.372 +0.165
15 21 Ryan Blaney Ford Virginia Tech 97.292 +0.181
16 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 97.292 +0.181
17 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 97.222 +0.195
18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dutch Boy / Menards 97.172 +0.205
19 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 97.073 +0.225
20 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Busch Light Chevrolet SS 97.048 +0.230
21 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet Nikko RC / Toy State Chevrolet 97.048 +0.230
22 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet UniFirst 97.008 +0.238
23 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS 96.968 +0.246
24 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS 96.914 +0.257
25 16 Greg Biffle Ford FordPass Ford Fusion 97.058 +0.228
26 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet GEICO 97.008 +0.238
27 93 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota E.J. Wade Construction 97.008 +0.238
28 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 96.820 +0.276
29 34 Chris Buescher Ford Love’s Travel Stops / Roller Bites 96.666 +0.307
30 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet Malwarebytes 96.657 +0.309
31 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare Ford Fusion 96.573 +0.326
32 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow – Dow Corning Chevrolet 96.533 +0.334
33 38 Landon Cassill Ford A&W All American Food 95.694 +0.506
34 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBD 95.381 +0.571
35 44 Brian Scott Ford American Red Cross 95.295 +0.589
36 30 Gray Gaulding Chevrolet Feed The Children 95.146 +0.620
37 83 Dylan Lupton Toyota E.J. Wade Construction 94.794 +0.694
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford Keen Parts / Rain-X 94.548 +0.746
39 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal Ford Fusion 92.997 +1.080
40 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot Flying J 0.000 +19.282

 

 

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