Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 6/2/12
Three drivers — Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin — headed to Dover (Del.) International Speedway in a three-way-tie with four poles apiece at the track, the most of any active driver. Martin broke that tie Saturday, turning in a lap time of 22.742 seconds to claim the pole for Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefiting Austim Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. The pole is Martin’s fifth at Dover and 54th-career pole, overall. “That car was loose, but it was bad fast,” Martin said of his No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. “I couldn’t get it wide open, but that was fast enough.” After having the fastest car in practice on Friday, Martin went out last in Saturday morning’s qualifying session. Prior to his run, Johnson was the provisional pole sitter with a lap time of 22.747 seconds. “I hate getting beat, but Mark did a great job,” Johnson said. Johnson will still be on the front row on Sunday, starting his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet next to Martin’s No. 55.
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