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NASCAR At Dover: Mark Martin Edges Jimmie Johnson For FedEx 400 Pole

Beloved Sprint Cup veteran 53-year-old Mark Martin was the final driver to qualify Saturday, and he laid a whippin' on the wippersnappers. Martin turned a lap of 22.742 seconds to edge Jimmie Johnson and put his No. 55 Aaron's Toyota on the pole for Sunday's FedEx 400 at the Dover International Speedway. It is Martin's fifth-career Dover pole, breaking an active tie with Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman.

Johnson, who edged Kurt Busch early in the session and held the pole until Martin clicked off the final lap of the day, will start second. It is the sixth front-row start at the Monster Mile for Johnson, a five-time winner at Dover. Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer (Martin's teammate at Michael Waltrip Racing), and defending FedEx 400 champ Matt Kenseth will round out the top-five starters.

Kevin Harvick will start sixth, ahead of good buddy Kyle Busch (for NASCAR newbies, that is sarcasm). Point leader Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-10.

Kasey Kahne will start 13th as he seeks his second win in a row, while teammate Jeff Gordon, looking to turn around a miserable season in longtime sponsor DuPont's back yard, was 14th-fastest in qualifying.

As for Georgian drivers, David Ragan was 28th, while Reed Sorenson was 41st. Missing the show were Josh Wise and Cole Whitt.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.