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Cup: Dover - Qualifying times

Veteran racer Mark Martin showed once again this season that there's no stopping a man of his experience and raw talent, as he claimed pole for the FedEx 400 Cup race at Dover.
Isn't there some natural law about people not being able to drive as fast when they get older? In which case 53-year-old Mark Martin is either a freak of nature or more likely just hasn't read the owner's manual, because he was able to grab pole position for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with the final run of qualifying at Dover International Raceway on Saturday.

Martin's time of 22.742s (158.297mph) was just five thousandths of a second faster than five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who will start alongside him on the front row.

It's Martin's 54th pole in 840 Cup starts and his third pole of 2012 alone. He has more proven success at Dover than any driver in the field, with five poles, 23 top finishes and 31 top tens at the Monster Mile in 52 outings. Martin had earlier also topped the first practice session held on Friday.

Ryan Newman will start alongside Martin's Michael Waltrip Racing team mate Martin Truex Jr. on the second row of the grid for Sunday afternoon's race, with Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick on the third row.

Qualifying times

1. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 22.742s (Leader) 158.297mph
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 22.747s (-0.005) 158.263mph
3. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 22.751s (-0.009) 158.235mph
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 22.778s (-0.036) 158.047mph
5. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 22.787s (-0.045) 157.985mph
6. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 22.804s (-0.062) 157.867mph
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 22.808s (-0.066) 157.839mph
8. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 22.808s (-0.066) 157.839mph
9. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 22.841s (-0.099) 157.611mph
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 22.850s (-0.108) 157.549mph
11. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 22.851s (-0.109) 157.542mph
12. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 22.858s (-0.116) 157.494mph
13. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 22.869s (-0.127) 157.418mph
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 22.871s (-0.129) 157.405mph
15. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 22.877s (-0.135) 157.363mph
16. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 22.880s (-0.138) 157.343mph
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 22.882s (-0.140) 157.329mph
18. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 22.904s (-0.162) 157.178mph
19. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 22.921s (-0.179) 157.061mph
20. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 22.956s (-0.214) 156.822mph
21. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22.956s (-0.214) 156.822mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 22.962s (-0.220) 156.781mph
23. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 22.983s (-0.241) 156.637mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 22.994s (-0.252) 156.563mph
25. #179 Scott Speed Ford 23.005s (-0.263) 156.488mph
26. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 23.009s (-0.267) 156.460mph
27. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 23.037s (-0.295) 156.270mph
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 23.045s (-0.303) 156.216mph
29. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 23.059s (-0.317) 156.121mph
30. #38 David Gilliland Ford 23.118s (-0.376) 155.723mph
31. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23.125s (-0.383) 155.676mph
32. #30 David Stremme Toyota 23.186s (-0.444) 155.266mph
33. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 23.239s (-0.497) 154.912mph
34. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 23.275s (-0.533) 154.672mph
35. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23.292s (-0.550) 154.559mph
36. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 23.292s (-0.550) 154.559mph
37. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 23.304s (-0.562) 154.480mph
38. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 23.304s (-0.562) 154.480mph
39. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 23.333s (-0.591) 154.288mph
40. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 23.340s (-0.598) 154.242mph
41. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 23.362s (-0.620) 154.096mph
42. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 23.373s (-0.631) 154.024mph
43. #13 Casey Mears Ford 23.397s (-0.655) 153.866mph
44. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 23.422s (-0.680) 153.702mph
45. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 23.440s (-0.698) 153.584mph

Practice 2

1. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 22.900s (Leader) 157.205 mph
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 22.936s (-0.036) 156.958 mph
3. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 23.082s (-0.182) 155.966 mph
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 23.084s (-0.184) 155.952 mph
5. #179 Scott Speed Ford 23.260s (-0.360) 154.772 mph
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 23.274s (-0.374) 154.679 mph
7. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 23.309s (-0.409) 154.447 mph
8. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 23.319s (-0.419) 154.380 mph
9. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23.329s (-0.429) 154.314 mph
10. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 23.339s (-0.439) 154.248 mph
11. #13 Casey Mears Ford 23.373s (-0.473) 154.024 mph
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 23.386s (-0.486) 153.938 mph
13. #30 David Stremme Toyota 23.390s (-0.490) 153.912 mph
14. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 23.405s (-0.505) 153.813 mph
15. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 23.419s (-0.519) 153.721 mph
16. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 23.421s (-0.521) 153.708 mph
17. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 23.431s (-0.531) 153.643 mph
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 23.435s (-0.535) 153.616 mph
19. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 23.444s (-0.544) 153.557 mph
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 23.449s (-0.549) 153.525 mph
21. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 23.454s (-0.554) 153.492 mph
22. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 23.456s (-0.556) 153.479 mph
23. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 23.457s (-0.557) 153.472 mph
24. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 23.459s (-0.559) 153.459 mph
25. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 23.463s (-0.563) 153.433 mph
26. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 23.466s (-0.566) 153.413 mph
27. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 23.478s (-0.578) 153.335 mph
28. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 23.480s (-0.580) 153.322 mph
29. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 23.502s (-0.602) 153.178 mph
30. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 23.526s (-0.626) 153.022 mph
31. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 23.532s (-0.632) 152.983 mph
32. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 23.535s (-0.635) 152.964 mph
33. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 23.548s (-0.648) 152.879 mph
34. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 23.588s (-0.688) 152.620 mph
35. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 23.592s (-0.692) 152.594 mph
36. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 23.594s (-0.694) 152.581 mph
37. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 23.608s (-0.708) 152.491 mph
38. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 23.622s (-0.722) 152.400 mph
39. #34 David Ragan Ford 23.625s (-0.725) 152.381 mph
40. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23.691s (-0.791) 151.956 mph
41. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 23.758s (-0.858) 151.528 mph
42. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 23.770s (-0.870) 151.451 mph
43. #38 David Gilliland Ford 23.776s (-0.876) 151.413 mph
44. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 23.968s (-1.068) 150.200 mph
45. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 23.983s (-1.083) 150.106 mph

Practice 1

1. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 22.613s (Leader) 159.201 mph
2. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 22.652s (-0.039) 158.926 mph
3. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 22.709s (-0.096) 158.527 mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 22.721s (-0.108) 158.444 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 22.732s (-0.119) 158.367 mph
6. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 22.777s (-0.164) 158.054 mph
7. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 22.848s (-0.235) 157.563 mph
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 22.852s (-0.239) 157.535 mph
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22.854s (-0.241) 157.522 mph
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 22.864s (-0.251) 157.453 mph
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 22.882s (-0.269) 157.329 mph
12. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 22.884s (-0.271) 157.315 mph
13. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 22.909s (-0.296) 157.143 mph
14. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 22.914s (-0.301) 157.109 mph
15. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 22.934s (-0.321) 156.972 mph
16. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 22.960s (-0.347) 156.794 mph
17. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23.006s (-0.393) 156.481 mph
18. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 23.008s (-0.395) 156.467 mph
19. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 23.046s (-0.433) 156.209 mph
20. #38 David Gilliland Ford 23.057s (-0.444) 156.135 mph
21. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 23.057s (-0.444) 156.135 mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 23.100s (-0.487) 155.844 mph
23. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 23.141s (-0.528) 155.568 mph
24. #34 David Ragan Ford 23.156s (-0.543) 155.467 mph
25. #179 Scott Speed Ford 23.173s (-0.560) 155.353 mph
26. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 23.214s (-0.601) 155.079 mph
27. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 23.245s (-0.632) 154.872 mph
28. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 23.258s (-0.645) 154.786 mph
29. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 23.258s (-0.645) 154.786 mph
30. #30 David Stremme Toyota 23.278s (-0.665) 154.652 mph
31. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 23.280s (-0.667) 154.639 mph
32. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 23.290s (-0.677) 154.573 mph
33. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 23.298s (-0.685) 154.520 mph
34. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 23.304s (-0.691) 154.480 mph
35. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 23.321s (-0.708) 154.367 mph
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23.322s (-0.709) 154.361 mph
37. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 23.335s (-0.722) 154.275 mph
38. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 23.347s (-0.734) 154.195 mph
39. #13 Casey Mears Ford 23.382s (-0.769) 153.965 mph
40. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 23.418s (-0.805) 153.728 mph
41. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 23.429s (-0.816) 153.656 mph
42. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 23.460s (-0.847) 153.453 mph
43. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 23.499s (-0.886) 153.198 mph
44. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 23.629s (-1.016) 152.355 mph
45. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 23.724s (-1.111) 151.745 mph
46. #52 Mike Skinner Toyota 24.563s (-1.950) 146.562 mph



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