The older Mark Martin gets, the faster he seems to be on the racetrack. The 53-year old Martin claimed his fourth Sprint Cup Series pole of the season by winning the pole at Friday's qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. His first of two qualifying laps around the two-mile track was clocked at 199.706 mph. It was the first time Martin has won the pole in 54 attempts at the track in Brooklyn. Carl Edwards, who is one of several drivers contending for a wild card position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, claimed the outside pole with a lap at 198.626 mph. Edwards has yet to win a race this season and currently sits seventh in the wild card rankings. Jimmie Johnson qualified third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne. Meanwhile, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who took the checkered flag at MIS in June, snapping a 4-year, 143-race winless streak in the series, qualified 22nd on Friday. When the series ran on the newly repaved surface in the Irish Hills two months ago, Marcos Ambrose posted the fastest qualifying lap at 203.241 mph, making him the fastest driver in NASCAR qualifications in 25 years. Tomorrow, Ambrose will start eighth as speeds were slower in qualifying this time since track temperatures were significantly cooler. This afternoon at MIS, it’s the Camping World Truck Series VFW 200, which we’ll have on the radio with our live coverage beginning today at Noon. Our Sunday coverage of the Pure Michigan 400 also starts at Noon.
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