Mark Martin wins Pure Michigan 400 pole, Qualifying Results

June 2, 2012; Dover, DE, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Mark Martin (55) celebrates after winning the pole for FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Martin has competed at Michigan International Speedway 53 times in the Sprint Cup Series since 1982. He's won four times and has finally captured his first career Michigan pole. He will lead the field down to the green for the start of Sunday's Pure Michigan 400,

The pole is Martin's fourth of the season and 55th of his career, good for seventh all-time, matching his both his car number and Bill Elliott on the career list. Martin navigated around the track in 36.053 seconds and crossed the line at 199.706 mph. The second-fastest driver, Carl Edwards, was more than a mph slower at 198.626 mph.

Wouldn't it be awesome to see Martin translate one of these poles into a victory at least once in 2012? At 53 years old, you never know when his last season will be and the fan in me would like to see Martin's last victory.

However, if Martin continues to run like he has in 2012, a full-time return wouldn't be out of the question. But Martin seems content running a 26-race schedule through at least 2013, while cherry-picking his best tracks has made him look like a champion.

In any case, his stats since returning in 2009 have cemented his place as a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. Here's hoping he closes out the twilight of his career with at least one more Cup Series victory celebration.

Maybe even as early as this Sunday's race at Michigan...

The complete qualifying results (and starting lineup) can be found after the jump.

Qualifying Results (Not a Starting Lineup)
Michigan International Speedway
43rd Annual Pure Michigan 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, August 17, 2012 @ 05:59 PM Eastern
Track Qualifying Record: Marcos Ambrose 06/17/12 35.4259 203.241
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Fastest Next
1 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 36.053 199.706 0.000 0.000
2 99 Carl Edwards Geek Squad Ford 36.249 198.626 0.196 0.196
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 36.283 198.440 0.230 0.034
4 17 Matt Kenseth Fifth Third Bank Ford 36.330 198.183 0.277 0.047
5 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 36.386 197.878 0.333 0.056
6 21 Trevor Bayne Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 36.404 197.780 0.351 0.018
7 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 36.428 197.650 0.375 0.024
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 36.457 197.493 0.404 0.029
9 83 Landon Cassill Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 36.468 197.433 0.415 0.011
10 27 Paul Menard Menards / Pittsburgh Paints Chevrolet 36.518 197.163 0.465 0.050
11 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger / AARP Chevrolet 36.527 197.114 0.474 0.009
12 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 36.546 197.012 0.493 0.019
13 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 36.568 196.893 0.515 0.022
14 14 Tony Stewart MOBIL 1 / Office Depot Chevrolet 36.571 196.877 0.518 0.003
15 39 Ryan Newman WIX Chevrolet 36.598 196.732 0.545 0.027
16 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 36.641 196.501 0.588 0.043
17 22 Parker Kligerman(i) Shell Pennzoil Dodge 36.688 196.249 0.635 0.047
18 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row / Farm American Chevrolet 36.694 196.217 0.641 0.006
19 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 36.701 196.180 0.648 0.007
20 29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 36.725 196.052 0.672 0.024
21 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 36.743 195.956 0.690 0.018
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 36.768 195.822 0.715 0.025
23 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 37.248 193.299 1.195 0.480
24 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / Mercury Chevrolet 37.254 193.268 1.201 0.006
25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 37.279 193.138 1.226 0.025
26 51 Kurt Busch Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 37.308 192.988 1.255 0.029
27 91 Reed Sorenson(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 37.362 192.709 1.309 0.054
28 47 Bobby Labonte Clorox Toyota 37.384 192.596 1.331 0.022
29 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 37.391 192.560 1.338 0.007
30 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 37.395 192.539 1.342 0.004
31 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 37.430 192.359 1.377 0.035
32 31 Jeff Burton Wheaties Chevrolet 37.445 192.282 1.392 0.015
33 19 Jason Leffler(i) Plinker Tactical Ford 37.460 192.205 1.407 0.015
34 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 37.465 192.179 1.412 0.005
35 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 37.477 192.118 1.424 0.012
36 38 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 37.541 191.790 1.488 0.064
37 34 David Ragan Long John Silver's Ford 37.554 191.724 1.501 0.013
38 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 37.906 189.944 1.853 0.352
39 98 Mike Skinner Phil Parsons Racing Ford 37.907 189.939 1.854 0.001
40 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet 38.006 189.444 1.953 0.099
41 10 David Reutimann TMone.com Chevrolet 38.088 189.036 2.035 0.082
42 37 JJ Yeley Max Q Motorsports Chevrolet 38.266 188.157 2.213 0.178
43 32 TJ Bell(i) Southern Pride Trucking / U.S. Chrome Ford 38.894 185.119 2.841 0.628
44 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 0.000 0.000 -36.053 -38.894
45 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 0.000 0.000 -36.053 0.000
*Required to qualify on time, OP - Top 35 in Owner Points, PC - Past Champion,(i)Ineligible for driver points in this series

[Read More: Complete Starting Lineup]

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