Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers

Apr 27, 2012; Richmond, VA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Mark Martin (55) poses for pictures after winning the pole for the Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

You know, the Nationwide Series put on a pretty good show last night. Some good hard racing without getting stupid and people wrecking each other. Perhaps the Cup boys will follow he Nationwide lead and give the fans a good hard, clean race.

One bad thing about last night's race is the realization that the only time Kurt Busch is going to visit victory lane this year will be in the Nationwide Series.

Martin has the pole in his MWR Toyota. Will we see a win tonight by a re surging MWR owned car? Or will we finally see Hendrick get his 200th win? I'm thinking Toyota is going to be in my answer between those two questions, however if the 88 car gets on a roll I think he might stand a chance of winning the race tonight.

Your thoughts?

Starting line-up is after the jump. See you on the other side!

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 128.327 21.040 Leader
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Ford EcoBoost 128.290 21.046 -0.006
3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 128.041 21.087 -0.047
4 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 127.962 21.100 -0.060
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Ms. Brown 127.956 21.101 -0.061
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 127.750 21.135 -0.095
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 127.732 21.138 -0.098
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Brakes 127.678 21.147 -0.107
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 127.593 21.161 -0.121
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 127.545 21.169 -0.129
11 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield "Helping Hungry Homes" 127.455 21.184 -0.144
12 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Reserve 127.395 21.194 -0.154
13 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 127.328 21.205 -0.165
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 127.280 21.213 -0.173
15 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 127.209 21.225 -0.185
16 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 126.993 21.261 -0.221
17 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 126.963 21.266 -0.226
18 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 126.915 21.274 -0.234
19 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush's Baked Beans 126.892 21.278 -0.238
20 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 126.820 21.290 -0.250
21 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 126.796 21.294 -0.254
22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 126.749 21.302 -0.262
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 126.695 21.311 -0.271
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 126.683 21.313 -0.273
25 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 126.612 21.325 -0.285
26 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 126.487 21.346 -0.306
27 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 126.464 21.350 -0.310
28 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M "Give Kids A Smile" 126.428 21.356 -0.316
29 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 126.351 21.369 -0.329
30 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet BB&T 126.121 21.408 -0.368
31 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet NIBCO / Menards 126.121 21.408 -0.368
32 26 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver's Service 126.103 21.411 -0.371
33 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 126.033 21.423 -0.383
34 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 125.980 21.432 -0.392
35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 125.886 21.448 -0.408
36 195 Scott Speed Ford Tommy Williams Drywall 125.839 21.456 -0.416
37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 125.669 21.485 -0.445
38 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 125.564 21.503 -0.463
39 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 125.319 21.545 -0.505
40 33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Little Joes A
utos.com / Link-Belt
125.151 21.574 -0.534
41 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver's 124.481 21.690 -0.650
42 32 Reed Sorenson+ Ford Virginia Faith & Freedom Coalition 124.395 21.705 -0.665
43 74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Turn One Racing 124.636 21.663 -0.623
Did Not Qualify
44 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 123.813 21.807 -0.767
45 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 122.560 22.030 -0.990
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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