NASCAR Talladega Starting Lineup: Mark Martin Leads Qualifying For 2011 Chase Race

Mark Martin won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, jumping to the top spot with five cars left in Saturday's qualifying session.

As such, the 52-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver will lead the starting lineup, ahead of teammate Jimmie Johnson and Richard Childress Racing's Clint Bowyer.

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and Martin's other teammates, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr., rounded out the top six, followed by Paul Menard, David Ragan, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth.

The pole was the 51st of Martin's long career and his second of the season. The veteran also picked up a pole in the July Daytona race – another restrictor-plate event like Talladega.

Josh Wise, Scott Speed, Geoff Bodine and T.J. Bell failed to qualify.

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR Talladega race:

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Trevor Bayne
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Paul Menard
  8. David Ragan
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Ryan Newman
  11. Matt Kenseth
  12. Tony Stewart
  13. Kevin Harvick
  14. Kurt Busch
  15. Juan Pablo Montoya
  16. Brad Keselowski
  17. Travis Kvapil
  18. Greg Biffle
  19. Marcos Ambrose
  20. Kevin Conway
  21. Bobby Labonte 
  22. Regan Smith
  23. Michael Waltrip
  24. AJ Allmendinger
  25. Jeff Burton
  26. Kasey Kahne
  27. Joe Nemechek
  28. JJ Yeley
  29. Michael McDowell
  30. Brian Vickers
  31. Denny Hamlin
  32. Terry Labonte
  33. Andy Lally
  34. Kyle Busch
  35. Joey Logano
  36. David Reutimann
  37. Martin Truex Jr.
  38. Landon Cassill
  39. Robby Gordon
  40. Jamie McMurray
  41. David Gilliland
  42. Dave Blaney
  43. Casey Mears
DNQ: Josh Wise, Scott Speed, Geoff Bodine, T.J. Bell
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