Old age and treachery will win out every time, especially when they have a really fast race car. Mark Martin proved that adage Friday when he was the last car on the track and broke Carl Edwards heart by snatching the pole from Edward’s grasp on the last lap of the qualifying session. Martin turned a lap of 21.040 seconds at a speed of 128.327 mph. That lap bested Edwards by .006 seconds. Edwards turned a lap at 21.046 seconds for a speed of 128.290 mph. Starting on the inside of the second row will be Kevin Harvick who clocked in at 21.087 seconds and a speed of 128.041 mph. The top three qualifiers were the only drivers to break the 128 mph barrier during qualifying. On the outside of the second row will be AJ Allmendinger whose lap of 21.100 seconds was good for 127.962 mph. The final driver in the top 5 is Kyle Busch who timed in with a 127.956 mph lap in 21.101 seconds. All four manufacturers are represented in the top four qualifying positions for Saturday night’s race.
This is Martin’s 53rd pole in 837 attempts. It is his second pole of the 2012 season. This is the fifth time Martin has sat on the pole at Richmond in 53 career races at the track. Martin’s pole resets his own record for the oldest pole winner in the history of the series. The record is now 53 years, 3 months and 19 days.
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