All about Hendrick?

Daytona, Fla. – Hendrick Motorsports teammates Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have secured the front row for the Daytona 500 held next week with lap speeds of 191.188 mph and 190.913 mph. “We hope to both raise our game this year, the No. 5 and the No. 88” said Martin.

Martin was the only driver to top 191 mph (47.074 secs) during qualifying and is looking for more speed. “That would be really cool to get in the 46.00’s. I’d like to thank Alan Gustafson, the GoDady.com team, and Hendrick Motorsports; I was just out there riding really fast. It sure is fun. It’s quite an opportunity to get to drive their stuff here.”
This is Martin’s 26th Daytona 500 and he has a good chance to win it. “It’s time; it’s time. You know we haven’t done it yet, so this is the best shot I’ve had, or as good. I had some really good shots and didn’t get it done, but think we have our best chance now.”
Earnhardt Jr. is trying to rebound from a horrible 2009 season and a second place qualifying result is a good start for the new season. “Man, it is fun to drive a car that performs like that. We have a little bit different wind situation but we were able to put down a pretty good lap. It was hitting the ground a little bit yesterday and that is slowing it down some.” Earnhardt Jr. said.
“This is nice, we just need to keep going; you know what I mean. We just need to keep going. We did a lot to get this, but you can never have enough good things happen to you.”
The Hendrick motorsports domination continues in the sport for at least the beginning of the Daytona 500. Hendrick drivers Jimmie Johnson qualified 7th (190.359 mph) and Jeff Gordon qualified 10th (190.050 mph), but starting positions will be set in Thursday’s 150-mile qualifying races.
“Those guys (No, 5 crew) have been working hard on their stuff. We expected them to be faster than us based on what they have done with their cars.” Johnson said of Martin’s qualifying result.
“I’m really proud of Hendrick Motorsports and the effort that’s been put out to come down here and be strong. And we were hoping for a little bit more than that. But we’ll take it and get ready to go race with the DuPont Chevrolet.” Gordon said.
Qualifying Results
Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time Behind
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 191.188 47.074
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 190.913 47.142 -0.068
3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 190.577 47.225 -0.151
4 21 Bill Elliott Ford 190.573 47.226 -0.152
5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 190.408 47.267 -0.193
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 190.359 47.279 -0.205
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 190.359 47.279 -0.205
8 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 190.118 47.339 -0.265
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 190.054 47.355 -0.281
10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 190.05 47.356 -0.282
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 190.05 47.356 -0.282
12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 190.05 47.356 -0.282
13 82 Scott Speed Toyota 189.958 47.379 -0.305
14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 189.757 47.429 -0.355
15 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge 189.737 47.434 -0.36
16 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 189.709 47.441 -0.367
17 20 Joey Logano Toyota 189.693 47.445 -0.371
18 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 189.665 47.452 -0.378
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 189.593 47.47 -0.396
20 151 Michael Waltrip Toyota 189.454 47.505 -0.431
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 189.374 47.525 -0.451
22 0 David Reutimann Toyota 189.314 47.54 -0.466
23 98 Paul Menard Ford 189.294 47.545 -0.471
24 6 David Ragan Ford 189.282 47.548 -0.474
25 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 189.255 47.555 -0.481
26 99 Carl Edwards Ford 189.195 47.57 -0.496
27 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 189.072 47.601 -0.527
28 9 Kasey Kahne Ford 189.056 47.605 -0.531
29 36 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 189.052 47.606 -0.532
30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 188.996 47.62 -0.546
31 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 188.865 47.653 -0.579
32 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 188.735 47.686 -0.612
33 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 188.727 47.688 -0.614
34 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 188.699 47.695 -0.621
35 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 188.628 47.713 -0.639
36 19 Elliott Sadler Ford 188.533 47.737 -0.663
37 16 Greg Biffle Ford 188.411 47.768 -0.694
38 132 Reed Sorenson Toyota 188.391 47.773 -0.699
39 190 Casey Mears Chevrolet 188.3 47.796 -0.722
40 13 Max Papis Toyota 188.198 47.822 -0.748
41 49 David Gilliland Toyota 187.766 47.932 -0.858
42 34 John Andretti Ford 187.512 47.997 -0.923
43 197 Jeff Fuller Toyota 187.363 48.035 -0.961
44 38 Robert Richardson Jr. Ford 187.289 48.054 -0.98
45 37 Travis Kvapil Ford 187.285 48.055 -0.981
46 9 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 187.278 48.057 -0.983
47 46 Terry Cook* Dodge 187.056 48.114 -1.04
48 26 Boris Said Ford 186.908 48.152 -1.078
49 66 Dave Blaney Toyota 186.254 48.321 -1.247
50 55 Michael McDowell Toyota 185.923 48.407 -1.333
51 175 Derrike Cope Dodge 185.04 48.638 -1.564
52 127 Kirk Shelmerdine Toyota 184.407 48.805 -1.731
53 192 Mike Wallace Dodge 182.678 49.267 -2.193
54 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet 180.607 49.832 -2.758

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