BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Mark Martin has won the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway for a race that will be critical to his Chase for the championship chances.
Martin turned a lap at 124.484 mph to win his fifth pole of the season and sweep the top starting spot at Bristol this season. He beat Greg Biffle, who ran a lap at 124.307, and rookie Scott Speed, who qualified third at 124.146.
Martin's effort is a huge boost for the No. 5 team, which was reeling after running out of gas last week at Michigan. It cost Martin a top-10 finish and he's now clinging to the 12th and final Chase berth with three races to go.
Meanwhile, feuding drivers Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch qualified 14th and 15th - meaning they'll start close to each other in Saturday night's race.