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Cup - Richmond - Qualifying times

Mark Martin claimed pole position for Saturday evening's Capital City 400 Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway, running just 0.006s ahead of Carl Edwards.
Mark Martin broke his own record for the oldest driver to win pole position for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, when he went fastest in qualifying to take his 53rd pole in 837 Cup starts at the age of 53 years, 3 months and 19 days.

It's Martin's fifth pole in 53 starts at Richmond International Raceway alone, and is his second pole position in 2012.

His lap of 21.040s (128.327 mph) on the three-quarter mile tri-oval was just six thousandths of a second faster that Carl Edwards, who will start alongside him for Saturday night's Capital City 400 event.

Kevin Harvick and AJ Allmendinger will start from the second row, with Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon immediately behind them on the third.

Scott Riggs and JJ Yeley were the two cars to miss out on making the 43-car grid for tonight's race.

Earlier in the day, Mark Martin had also headed the first practice session over Greg Biffle, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. had led Carl Edwards in the second practice session prior to qualifying.

Qualifying times

1. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 21.040s (Leader) 128.327mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 21.046s (-0.006) 128.290mph
3. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 21.087s (-0.047) 128.041mph
4. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 21.100s (-0.060) 127.962mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 21.101s (-0.061) 127.956mph
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21.135s (-0.095) 127.750mph
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 21.138s (-0.098) 127.732mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 21.147s (-0.107) 127.678mph
9. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 21.161s (-0.121) 127.593mph
10. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 21.169s (-0.129) 127.545mph
11. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 21.184s (-0.144) 127.455mph
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 21.194s (-0.154) 127.395mph
13. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 21.205s (-0.165) 127.328mph
14. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 21.213s (-0.173) 127.280mph
15. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 21.225s (-0.185) 127.209mph
16. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 21.261s (-0.221) 126.993mph
17. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 21.266s (-0.226) 126.963mph
18. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 21.274s (-0.234) 126.915mph
19. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 21.278s (-0.238) 126.892mph
20. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 21.290s (-0.250) 126.820mph
21. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 21.294s (-0.254) 126.796mph
22. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 21.302s (-0.262) 126.749mph
23. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 21.311s (-0.271) 126.695mph
24. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 21.313s (-0.273) 126.683mph
25. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 21.325s (-0.285) 126.612mph
26. #13 Casey Mears Ford 21.346s (-0.306) 126.487mph
27. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 21.350s (-0.310) 126.464mph
28. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 21.356s (-0.316) 126.428mph
29. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 21.369s (-0.329) 126.351mph
30. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 21.408s (-0.368) 126.121mph
31. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21.408s (-0.368) 126.121mph
32. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 21.411s (-0.371) 126.103mph
33. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 21.423s (-0.383) 126.033mph
34. #30 David Stremme Toyota 21.432s (-0.392) 125.980mph
35. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 21.448s (-0.408) 125.886mph
36. #195 Scott Speed Ford 21.456s (-0.416) 125.839mph
37. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 21.485s (-0.445) 125.669mph
38. #34 David Ragan Ford 21.503s (-0.463) 125.564mph
39. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 21.545s (-0.505) 125.319mph
40. #33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 21.574s (-0.534) 125.151mph
41. #38 David Gilliland Ford 21.690s (-0.650) 124.481mph
42. #32 Reed Sorenson+ Ford 21.705s (-0.665) 124.395mph
43. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 21.663s (-0.623) 124.636mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 21.807s (-0.767) 123.813mph
45. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 22.030s (-0.990) 122.560mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Practice 2

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 21.800s (Leader) 123.853 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 21.826s (-0.026) 123.706 mph
3. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 21.914s (-0.114) 123.209 mph
4. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21.931s (-0.131) 123.113 mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 21.990s (-0.190) 122.783 mph
6. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 22.011s (-0.211) 122.666 mph
7. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 22.012s (-0.212) 122.660 mph
8. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 22.013s (-0.213) 122.655 mph
9. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 22.016s (-0.216) 122.638 mph
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 22.026s (-0.226) 122.582 mph
11. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 22.029s (-0.229) 122.566 mph
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 22.030s (-0.230) 122.560 mph
13. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 22.048s (-0.248) 122.460 mph
14. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 22.089s (-0.289) 122.233 mph
15. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 22.109s (-0.309) 122.122 mph
16. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 22.117s (-0.317) 122.078 mph
17. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 22.129s (-0.329) 122.012 mph
18. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 22.140s (-0.340) 121.951 mph
19. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 22.183s (-0.383) 121.715 mph
20. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 22.201s (-0.401) 121.616 mph
21. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 22.202s (-0.402) 121.611 mph
22. #34 David Ragan Ford 22.212s (-0.412) 121.556 mph
23. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 22.233s (-0.433) 121.441 mph
24. #195 Scott Speed Ford 22.243s (-0.443) 121.386 mph
25. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 22.260s (-0.460) 121.294 mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 22.271s (-0.471) 121.234 mph
27. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 22.273s (-0.473) 121.223 mph
28. #30 David Stremme Toyota 22.276s (-0.476) 121.207 mph
29. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 22.283s (-0.483) 121.169 mph
30. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 22.285s (-0.485) 121.158 mph
31. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 22.287s (-0.487) 121.147 mph
32. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 22.291s (-0.491) 121.125 mph
33. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 22.292s (-0.492) 121.120 mph
34. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 22.307s (-0.507) 121.038 mph
35. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 22.315s (-0.515) 120.995 mph
36. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 22.320s (-0.520) 120.968 mph
37. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 22.368s (-0.568) 120.708 mph
38. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22.398s (-0.598) 120.547 mph
39. #33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 22.406s (-0.606) 120.503 mph
40. #38 David Gilliland Ford 22.451s (-0.651) 120.262 mph
41. #13 Casey Mears Ford 22.503s (-0.703) 119.984 mph
42. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 22.529s (-0.729) 119.845 mph
43. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 22.540s (-0.740) 119.787 mph
44. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 22.574s (-0.774) 119.607 mph
45. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 22.732s (-0.932) 118.775 mph

Practice 1

1. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 21.309s (Leader) 126.707 mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 21.397s (-0.088) 126.186 mph
3. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21.405s (-0.096) 126.139 mph
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 21.406s (-0.097) 126.133 mph
5. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 21.429s (-0.120) 125.997 mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 21.448s (-0.139) 125.886 mph
7. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 21.473s (-0.164) 125.739 mph
8. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 21.487s (-0.178) 125.657 mph
9. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 21.489s (-0.180) 125.646 mph
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 21.494s (-0.185) 125.617 mph
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 21.514s (-0.205) 125.500 mph
12. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 21.515s (-0.206) 125.494 mph
13. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 21.525s (-0.216) 125.436 mph
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21.536s (-0.227) 125.371 mph
15. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 21.538s (-0.229) 125.360 mph
16. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 21.585s (-0.276) 125.087 mph
17. #13 Casey Mears Ford 21.607s (-0.298) 124.960 mph
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 21.613s (-0.304) 124.925 mph
19. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 21.620s (-0.311) 124.884 mph
20. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 21.622s (-0.313) 124.873 mph
21. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 21.644s (-0.335) 124.746 mph
22. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 21.646s (-0.337) 124.734 mph
23. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 21.679s (-0.370) 124.545 mph
24. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 21.706s (-0.397) 124.390 mph
25. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 21.772s (-0.463) 124.012 mph
26. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 21.809s (-0.500) 123.802 mph
27. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 21.869s (-0.560) 123.462 mph
28. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 21.882s (-0.573) 123.389 mph
29. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 21.889s (-0.580) 123.350 mph
30. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 21.897s (-0.588) 123.305 mph
31. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 21.913s (-0.604) 123.215 mph
32. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 21.951s (-0.642) 123.001 mph
33. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 21.989s (-0.680) 122.789 mph
34. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 22.012s (-0.703) 122.660 mph
35. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 22.021s (-0.712) 122.610 mph
36. #30 David Stremme Toyota 22.054s (-0.745) 122.427 mph
37. #34 David Ragan Ford 22.070s (-0.761) 122.338 mph
38. #74 Stacy Compton Chevrolet 22.082s (-0.773) 122.271 mph
39. #195 Scott Speed Ford 22.096s (-0.787) 122.194 mph
40. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 22.145s (-0.836) 121.924 mph
41. #38 David Gilliland Ford 22.152s (-0.843) 121.885 mph
42. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 22.165s (-0.856) 121.814 mph
43. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 22.188s (-0.879) 121.687 mph
44. #33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 22.236s (-0.927) 121.425 mph
45. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 22.236s (-0.927) 121.425 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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