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Martinsville - Cup qualifying

Jimmie Johnson will start Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500 Cup race from pole position with Marcos Ambrose alongside him on the front row.
Jimmie Johnson claimed pole position on Friday afternoon, for the STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway.

Johnson set a new track record time of 19.244s (98.400mph) to clinch his 30th pole in 405 series starts. It's the Hendrick Motorsports driver's third pole in 23 races at Martinsville and his first of 2013, and beats the previous track record of 19.306s (98.083 mph) held by Tony Stewart. Johnson had earlier set the pace in the sole practice session of the day.

Johnson was just seven thousandths of a second faster than Richard Petty Motorsports' Marcos Ambrose,who will start alongside Johnson for this weekend's race. Behind them, Michael Waltrip Racing's Brian Vickers will line up next to Penske Racing's Joey Logano.

In his sole outing replacing the injured Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin struggled with the unfamiliar #11 Joe Gibbs Racing car and its set-up and only managed to set the 35th fastest time of the day.

Mike Bliss was the only car not to qualify for the 43-car grid, the TriStar Motorsports driver losing out because of car owner points on his 48th birthday.

Qualifying times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 19.244s (Pole) 98.400mph
2. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 19.251s (+ 0.007s) 98.364mph
3. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 19.266s (+ 0.022s) 98.287mph
4. #22 Joey Logano Ford 19.269s (+ 0.025s) 98.272mph
5. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 19.286s (+ 0.042s) 98.185mph
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 19.286s (+ 0.042s) 98.185mph
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 19.307s (+ 0.063s) 98.078mph
8. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 19.319s (+ 0.075s) 98.017mph
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 19.330s (+ 0.086s) 97.962mph
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19.330s (+ 0.086s) 97.962mph
11. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 19.333s (+ 0.089s) 97.947mph
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 19.334s (+ 0.090s) 97.941mph
13. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 19.352s (+ 0.108s) 97.850mph
14. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 19.366s (+ 0.122s) 97.780mph
15. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19.378s (+ 0.134s) 97.719mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 19.393s (+ 0.149s) 97.643mph
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 19.399s (+ 0.155s) 97.613mph
18. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 19.419s (+ 0.175s) 97.513mph
19. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 19.430s (+ 0.186s) 97.458mph
20. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 19.433s (+ 0.189s) 97.442mph
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 19.435s (+ 0.191s) 97.432mph
22. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 19.438s (+ 0.194s) 97.417mph
23. #34 David Ragan Ford 19.445s (+ 0.201s) 97.382mph
24. #30 David Stremme Toyota 19.462s (+ 0.218s) 97.297mph
25. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 19.472s (+ 0.228s) 97.247mph
26. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 19.478s (+ 0.234s) 97.217mph
27. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 19.486s (+ 0.242s) 97.177mph
28. #95 Scott Speed Ford 19.512s (+ 0.268s) 97.048mph
29. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 19.523s (+ 0.279s) 96.993mph
30. #38 David Gilliland Ford 19.532s (+ 0.288s) 96.949mph
31. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 19.541s (+ 0.297s) 96.904mph
32. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 19.542s (+ 0.298s) 96.899mph
33. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 19.546s (+ 0.302s) 96.879mph
34. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 19.556s (+ 0.312s) 96.830mph
35. #11 Mark Martin Toyota 19.571s (+ 0.327s) 96.755mph
36. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 19.587s (+ 0.343s) 96.676mph
37. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 19.591s (+ 0.347s) 96.657mph
38. #44 Scott Riggs Ford 19.603s (+ 0.359s) 96.597mph
39. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 19.625s (+ 0.381s) 96.489mph
40. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 19.628s (+ 0.384s) 96.474mph
41. #13 Casey Mears Ford 19.642s (+ 0.398s) 96.406mph
42. #35 Josh Wise Ford 19.672s (+ 0.428s) 96.259mph
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 19.824s (+ 0.580s) 95.521mph

Did not qualify

#19 Mike Bliss Toyota 19.614s (+ 0.370s) 96.543mph

Practice 1 times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 19.214s (Leader) 98.553mph (25 laps)
2. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 19.224s (-0.010s) 98.502mph (33 laps)
3. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19.252s (-0.038s) 98.359mph (30 laps)
4. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 19.272s (-0.058s) 98.257mph (38 laps)
5. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 19.276s (-0.062s) 98.236mph (50 laps)
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 19.299s (-0.085s) 98.119mph (45 laps)
7. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 19.306s (-0.092s) 98.084mph (51 laps)
8. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 19.312s (-0.098s) 98.053mph (35 laps)
9. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 19.335s (-0.121s) 97.936mph (32 laps)
10. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 19.341s (-0.127s) 97.906mph (38 laps)
11. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19.343s (-0.129s) 97.896mph (24 laps)
12. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 19.355s (-0.141s) 97.835mph (37 laps)
13. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 19.363s (-0.149s) 97.795mph (37 laps)
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 19.374s (-0.160s) 97.739mph (36 laps)
15. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 19.381s (-0.167s) 97.704mph (28 laps)
16. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 19.383s (-0.169s) 97.694mph (35 laps)
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 19.389s (-0.175s) 97.664mph (34 laps)
18. #11 Mark Martin Toyota 19.406s (-0.192s) 97.578mph (37 laps)
19. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 19.407s (-0.193s) 97.573mph (34 laps)
20. #22 Joey Logano Ford 19.417s (-0.203s) 97.523mph (49 laps)
21. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 19.417s (-0.203s) 97.523mph (38 laps)
22. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 19.436s (-0.222s) 97.428mph (17 laps)
23. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 19.439s (-0.225s) 97.412mph (52 laps)
24. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 19.442s (-0.228s) 97.397mph (34 laps)
25. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 19.443s (-0.229s) 97.392mph (35 laps)
26. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 19.447s (-0.233s) 97.372mph (36 laps)
27. #44 Scott Riggs Ford 19.460s (-0.246s) 97.307mph (21 laps)
28. #30 David Stremme Toyota 19.465s (-0.251s) 97.282mph (31 laps)
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 19.474s (-0.260s) 97.237mph (35 laps)
30. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 19.484s (-0.270s) 97.187mph (15 laps)
31. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 19.491s (-0.277s) 97.153mph (38 laps)
32. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 19.519s (-0.305s) 97.013mph (38 laps)
33. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 19.536s (-0.322s) 96.929mph (38 laps)
34. #34 David Ragan Ford 19.540s (-0.326s) 96.909mph (37 laps)
35. #95 Scott Speed Ford 19.566s (-0.352s) 96.780mph (23 laps)
36. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 19.586s (-0.372s) 96.681mph (26 laps)
37. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 19.588s (-0.374s) 96.671mph (36 laps)
38. #35 Josh Wise Ford 19.604s (-0.390s) 96.593mph (26 laps)
39. #13 Casey Mears Ford 19.620s (-0.406s) 96.514mph (38 laps)
40. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 19.621s (-0.407s) 96.509mph (15 laps)
41. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 19.649s (-0.435s) 96.371mph (24 laps)
42. #38 David Gilliland Ford 19.664s (-0.450s) 96.298mph (38 laps)
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 19.693s (-0.479s) 96.156mph (23 laps)
44. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 19.813s (-0.599s) 95.574mph (28 laps)



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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award and Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP Gas Booster 500 on April 5, 2013 at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
The #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Brian France, NASCAR President (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
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Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, who is not in the Championship Four final phase of the Chase, qualified for 2nd position Friday, November 14, 2014 for Sunday`s final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. He will be joined on the front row by Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS who won the Pole position. Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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