Martin captures the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400

[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photography, Inc.” align=”alignright” width=”234″][/media-credit]BROOKLYN, Mich. – Mark Martin captures his 55th career pole for Sundays NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a lap of 199.706 mph on the track’s new surface.  This makes the fourth pole of the season for Martin, who is making his 15th Sprint Cup Series start this season.

“First of all, I want to thank Michael (Waltrip, team owner) and MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) and everybody that works there for the incredible teamwork. Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer and Toyota for great power in these things. I have to drive these things fast. I’m trying to keep a job here. So far it’s going well. I’m just proud to be working with these guys, Rodney Childers (crew chief) and these guys.” Martin said.  Martin is a good Sports betting on Top Bet to find victory lane this Sunday.

Carl Edwards qualified second.

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“It was a good lap. I am surprised how fast Mark’s (Martin) lap was. Ours was good so Mark really stepped it up. That was a great run for him. All the folks from West Coast Customs are here and we wanted to get the pole for them really bad.” Edwards said.

Series points leader Jimmie Johnson qualified third.

“Chad and the guys have worked really hard to give me great Lowe’s Chevrolet’s week-in and week-out, and we’ve got another one here this weekend.” Johnson said.

Matt Kenseth qualified fourth and Kasey Kahne qualified fifth.

“We ended up fifth with our Farmers Insurance Chevy the guys did a nice job like always. Hopefully, we can have some solid track position tomorrow and be prepared on Sunday.” Kahne said.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 22nd.

“Well, we ran a few laps in race trim and the car felt pretty good, but we had a terrible practice as far as qualifying trim goes, so that’s a bit of an improvement. But, obviously, the track’s got a bit more speed than that in it.” Earnhardt Jr. said.

Starting Lineup
Pure Michigan 400, Michigan Int’l Speedway
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 55 Mark Martin Toyota 199.706 36.053
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford 198.626 36.249
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 198.44 36.283
4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 198.183 36.33
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 197.878 36.386
6 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 197.781 36.404
7 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 197.65 36.428
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 197.493 36.457
9 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 197.433 36.468
10 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 197.163 36.518
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 197.115 36.527
12 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 197.012 36.546
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 196.893 36.568
14 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 196.877 36.571
15 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 196.732 36.598
16 20 Joey Logano Toyota 196.501 36.641
17 22 Parker Kligerman Dodge 196.249 36.688
18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 196.217 36.694
19 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 196.18 36.701
20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 196.052 36.725
21 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 195.956 36.743
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 195.822 36.768
23 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 193.299 37.248
24 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 193.268 37.254
25 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 193.138 37.279
26 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 192.988 37.308
27 191 Reed Sorenson Ford 192.709 37.362
28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 192.596 37.384
29 13 Casey Mears Ford 192.56 37.391
30 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 192.539 37.395
31 30 David Stremme Toyota 192.359 37.43
32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 192.282 37.445
33 119 Jason Leffler Ford 192.205 37.46
34 26 Josh Wise* Ford 192.179 37.465
35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 192.118 37.477
36 38 David Gilliland Ford 191.79 37.541
37 34 David Ragan Ford 191.724 37.554
38 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 189.943 37.906
39 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 189.036 38.088
40 32 T.J. Bell+ Ford 185.118 38.894
41 43 Aric Almirola+ Ford
42 36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet
43 98 Mike Skinner Ford 189.939 37.907

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