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Mark Martin wins Sprint Cup pole

Aug. 17, 2012 at 9:12 PM   |   Comments

BROOKLYN, Mich., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Mark Martin earned his fourth Sprint Cup pole of the season Friday, finishing first in qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Martin, 53, was timed in 199.706 mph for the first of his two qualifying laps. He has yet to win on the circuit this season, during which he has driven a limited schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing.

This will be Martin's 15th race of the year.

It was the 55th pole of Martin's career, which places him in a tie with Bill Elliott for seventh on the all-time list.

Carl Edwards was the second-quickest in qualifying, was followed by Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne.

The Top 10 was completed by Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Landon Cassill and Paul Menard. Ambrose won last week's race at Watkins Glen, N.Y.

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