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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)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finishes in fifth place, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS finishes in 33rd place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gordon, who led for 87 laps,  was involved in a multi-car incident on the last lap. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS races to a third place finish with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS who finishes in fifth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS pulls into his pit on his way to a second place finish in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Percision Chevrolet, lead the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, race three-wide during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag for the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
Chris Buescher, driver of the #60 Kellogg/Cheez-It Ford, races Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, and Ryan Reed, driver of the #16 Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford, during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #20 GameStop/Rock Candy Toyota, Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #6 Ford EcoBoost Ford, and Landon Cassill, driver of the #01 Flex Seal Chevrolet, race three-wide during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, Carlos Contreras, driver of the #15 BurnieGrill/BubbaGrill/LillyTrucking Chevrolet, Landon Cassill, driver of the #01 Flex Seal Chevrolet, and Blake Koch, driver of the #8 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, is interviewed in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Hendrick Motorsports team mates (left) Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet and (right) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet celebrate in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Alex Bowman, driver of the #7 Toy State/Nikko Chevrolet, and Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #9 Twisted Tea Ford, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, is involved in an on-track incident with Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, and Brian Scott, driver of the #62 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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