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Mark Martin on Pole at Atlanta

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Mark Martin becomes the second oldest driver to sit on the pole, second only to Harry Gantt. Not only this, but this is his 42nd career pole, moving him to 12th all-time, right behind “Rocket Man”, Ryan Newman. After fighting with his car for the first three races of the season, Martin gets to show his Hendrick chops and sit in the front spot. Kurt Busch gets the number 2 spot.

Even though I did run out of talent on that lap, at least, uh we made to the line faster, sooner than anybody else, so I’m really proud for this team.

After multiple engine troubles the past few races, this is a nice break for the Hendrick organization. So far this season, only Jeff Gordon has had consistent showings and results. Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin have all had their fair share of troubles so far this season.

Remaining top 12 in qualifying: 

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Jamie McMurray
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya
  5. Greg Biffle
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Joe Nemechek
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Tony Stewart
  12. Ryan Newman
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About Christopher Smith

A long time fan of NASCAR, he attended his first race as a kid in 1979 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the World 600. Christopher watched Darrell Waltrip drive his way to victory and from that day forward he’s been hooked. As president of RubbingsRacing.com, Christopher launched the site in 2000 and in the past decade, it has grown into a NASCAR-accredited web site hosting multiple podcasts, dedicated writers and race coverage at the majority of NASCAR-sanctioned events. Christopher is an official member of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA).

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