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Phoenix - Cup qualifying

There's no stopping Mark Martin, with the indestructible 54-year-old netting his 56th pole at Phoenix in 856 Sprint Cup races.
Mark Martin will start Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 from pole position after holding off Kasey Kahne by just four hundredths of a second in qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway for the second Sprint Cup event of 2013

It's Martin's third pole in 33 races at the one-mile, low-banked tri-oval - he also claimed pole here in 2012's spring race. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch will start from second row behind Martin and Kahne, despite repeated problems for Johnson getting through technical inspection before making his qualifying run.

After her eye-catching pole at Daytona, Danica Patrick was only able to qualify in 40th position at Phoenix. The fastest qualifying Cup rookie driver was Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 12th place.

AJ Allmendinger returned to Cup duty for Phoenix Racing at the wheel of the #51 and will start from 23rd. Kurt Busch qualified in 25th but hit the wall on his run in the Furniture Row Racing #78 which means he will take to the backup car for Sunday's race.

Qualifying times

1. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 26.073s (Pole) 138.074mph
2. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 26.113s (+ 0.040s) 137.862mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 26.124s (+ 0.051s) 137.804mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 26.149s (+ 0.076s) 137.673mph
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 26.246s (+ 0.173s) 137.164mph
6. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 26.250s (+ 0.177s) 137.143mph
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 26.263s (+ 0.190s) 137.075mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 26.292s (+ 0.219s) 136.924mph
9. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 26.300s (+ 0.227s) 136.882mph
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 26.304s (+ 0.231s) 136.861mph
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 26.309s (+ 0.236s) 136.835mph
12. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 26.329s (+ 0.256s) 136.731mph
13. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 26.344s (+ 0.271s) 136.654mph
14. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 26.354s (+ 0.281s) 136.602mph
15. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 26.377s (+ 0.304s) 136.483mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 26.400s (+ 0.327s) 136.364mph
17. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 26.414s (+ 0.341s) 136.291mph
18. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 26.419s (+ 0.346s) 136.266mph
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26.483s (+ 0.410s) 135.936mph
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 26.492s (+ 0.419s) 135.890mph
21. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 26.496s (+ 0.423s) 135.870mph
22. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26.580s (+ 0.507s) 135.440mph
23. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 26.580s (+ 0.507s) 135.440mph
24. #34 David Ragan Ford 26.614s (+ 0.541s) 135.267mph
25. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 26.618s (+ 0.545s) 135.247mph
26. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 26.647s (+ 0.574s) 135.100mph
27. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 26.654s (+ 0.581s) 135.064mph
28. #95 Scott Speed Ford 26.683s (+ 0.610s) 134.917mph
29. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 26.702s (+ 0.629s) 134.821mph
30. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 26.725s (+ 0.652s) 134.705mph
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 26.727s (+ 0.654s) 134.695mph
32. #22 Joey Logano Ford 26.791s (+ 0.718s) 134.373mph
33. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 26.797s (+ 0.724s) 134.343mph
34. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 26.903s (+ 0.830s) 133.814mph
35. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 26.911s (+ 0.838s) 133.774mph
36. #35 Josh Wise Ford 26.948s (+ 0.875s) 133.591mph
37. #30 David Stremme Toyota 26.952s (+ 0.879s) 133.571mph
38. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 26.990s (+ 0.917s) 133.383mph
39. #44 Scott Riggs Ford 27.084s (+ 1.011s) 132.920mph
40. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 27.090s (+ 1.017s) 132.890mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 27.268s (+ 1.195s) 132.023mph
42. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 27.325s (+ 1.252s) 131.747mph
43. #13 Casey Mears Ford 27.421s (+ 1.348s) 131.286mph

Practice 1

1. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 26.273s (Leader) 137.023mph (17 laps)
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 26.282s (-0.009s) 136.976mph (20 laps)
3. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 26.302s (-0.029s) 136.872mph (26 laps)
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 26.307s (-0.034s) 136.846mph (22 laps)
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 26.308s (-0.035s) 136.841mph (20 laps)
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 26.353s (-0.080s) 136.607mph (17 laps)
7. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 26.377s (-0.104s) 136.483mph (15 laps)
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 26.378s (-0.105s) 136.477mph (18 laps)
9. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 26.388s (-0.115s) 136.426mph (31 laps)
10. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26.391s (-0.118s) 136.410mph (25 laps)
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 26.391s (-0.118s) 136.410mph (19 laps)
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 26.405s (-0.132s) 136.338mph (29 laps)
13. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 26.415s (-0.142s) 136.286mph (18 laps)
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 26.422s (-0.149s) 136.250mph (24 laps)
15. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 26.424s (-0.151s) 136.240mph (17 laps)
16. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 26.447s (-0.174s) 136.121mph (15 laps)
17. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 26.487s (-0.214s) 135.916mph (25 laps)
18. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 26.525s (-0.252s) 135.721mph (15 laps)
19. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 26.549s (-0.276s) 135.598mph (27 laps)
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 26.559s (-0.286s) 135.547mph (17 laps)
21. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 26.566s (-0.293s) 135.512mph (24 laps)
22. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 26.574s (-0.301s) 135.471mph (19 laps)
23. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 26.586s (-0.313s) 135.410mph (24 laps)
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 26.608s (-0.335s) 135.298mph (21 laps)
25. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26.717s (-0.444s) 134.746mph (27 laps)
26. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 26.722s (-0.449s) 134.720mph (11 laps)
27. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 26.742s (-0.469s) 134.620mph (14 laps)
28. #22 Joey Logano Ford 26.745s (-0.472s) 134.605mph (17 laps)
29. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 26.787s (-0.514s) 134.394mph (17 laps)
30. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 26.833s (-0.560s) 134.163mph (25 laps)
31. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 26.882s (-0.609s) 133.919mph (19 laps)
32. #44 Scott Riggs Ford 26.893s (-0.620s) 133.864mph (8 laps)
33. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 26.899s (-0.626s) 133.834mph (6 laps)
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 26.908s (-0.635s) 133.789mph (20 laps)
35. #34 David Ragan Ford 26.913s (-0.640s) 133.764mph (19 laps)
36. #30 David Stremme Toyota 26.949s (-0.676s) 133.586mph (23 laps)
37. #35 Josh Wise Ford 26.979s (-0.706s) 133.437mph (5 laps)
38. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 27.007s (-0.734s) 133.299mph (9 laps)
39. #38 David Gilliland Ford 27.042s (-0.769s) 133.126mph (16 laps)
40. #13 Casey Mears Ford 27.066s (-0.793s) 133.008mph (18 laps)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 27.116s (-0.843s) 132.763mph (6 laps)
42. #95 Scott Speed Ford 27.136s (-0.863s) 132.665mph (10 laps)
43. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 27.630s (-1.357s) 130.293mph (12 laps)



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Mark Martin, driver of the #55 Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota, poses after winning the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, leads Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 28, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS qualified for fifth position Friday, September 26, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finished in fifth place and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS finished in third place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Both Johnson and Harvick are in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS finished in 2nd place and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS finished in 26th place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Gordon is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, drives with damage to his car after crashing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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