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Pole Winner at Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, qualified on the pole for Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Johnson turned a lap of 19.402 seconds at 97.598 mph on the 0.5-mile paperclip oval.

“We’ve helped ourselves out dramatically today by qualifying on the pole, we’ve got the safest pit stall, and starting with track position is very important,” said Johnson, who earned his third pole of the year.

Brian Vickers will start on the outside of row one after turning a lap of 19.415 seconds at 97.533 mph. Kyle Busch was third (19.436 seconds at 97.427 mph), while Jeff Burton (19.443 seconds at 97.392 mph) and Denny Hamlin (19.445 seconds at 97.382 mph) rounded out the top-five. 

Forty-five drivers attempted to qualify for the Tums Fast Relief 500. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Mike Bliss and J.J. Yeley.

Chevrolet took the top spot among manufacturers via Johnson’s pole run. Toyota was next best at the hands of Vickers. Ford was the third-fastest make thanks to Matt Kenseth, while 27th-quick Sam Hornish Jr., carried the flag for Dodge.

The Tums Fast Relief 500 gets underway at 1:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with a pre-race show at 1 p.m.

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Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jimmie Johnson
Started: 10th
Finished: 4th
Sunday, September 6th
7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
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