Friday, August 17, 2012

NSCS Pole Report: Mark Martin still has it, nabbing fourth pole on the season


Running a partial schedule is suiting Mark Martin this season, adding in the fantastic season that Michael Waltrip Racing as an organization is having and "The Kid" is unstoppable.

Martin claimed his fourth pole of the season, after posting a lap of 199.706 mph on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. This is Martin's 55th career pole and he now ties Bill Elliott for seventh on the all-time NASCAR list of pole winners.

Joining Martin on the front row, the No. 99 Geek Squad Ford Fusion of Carl Edwards. Desperately looking for a win to save his Chase hopes, Edwards will be one to keep an eye on come Sunday. 

Of note: Parker Kligerman qualified the No. 22 for Sam Hornish Jr., who was focusing on his Nationwide car today. This was Kligerman's first time in a Cup car and he qualified in 17th, ahead of his Penske teammate Brad Keselowski.

The starting lineup for the Pure Michigan 400:

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Carl Edwards
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Trevor Bayne
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Marcos Ambrose
  9. Landon Cassill
  10. Paul Menard
  11. Jeff Gordon
  12. Clint Bowyer
  13. Greg Biffle
  14. Tony Stewart
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. Joey Logano
  17. Parker Kligerman (Sam Hornish Jr.)
  18. Regan Smith
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Denny Hamlin
  22. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  23. Kyle Busch
  24. Jamie McMurray
  25. Juan Pablo Montoya
  26. Kurt Busch
  27. Reed Sorenson
  28. Bobby Labonte
  29. Casey Mears
  30. Travis Kvapil
  31. David Stremme
  32. Jeff Burton
  33. Jason Leffler
  34. Josh Wise
  35. Joe Nemechek
  36. David Gilliland
  37. David Ragan
  38. Scott Riggs
  39. David Reutimann
  40. T.J. Bell
  41. Aric Almirola
  42. Dave Blaney
  43. Mike Skinner
Failing to qualify: Stephen Leicht and J.J. Yeley

Tune into the race on Sunday at noon ET on ESPN.

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