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Jimmie Johnson on Martinsville Pole – Mike Bliss DNQs

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Sprint Cup qualifying ended just a little while ago at Martinsville Speedway. Jimmie Johnson will start on the pole. With 44 cars attempting to miss the field, only one failed to qualify. Mike Bliss, driving the No. 19 Toyota for TriStar Motorsports will miss the race (and it’s his birthday, what a bummer!)

The top 15 starters on Sunday will be:

1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Marcos Ambrose
3. Brian Vickers
4. Joey Logano
5. Kasey Kahne
6. Jeff Gordon
7. Brad Keselowski
8. Matt Kenseth
9. Carl Edwards
10. Ryan Newman
11. Kyle Busch
12. Martin Truex, Jr.
13. Jamie McMurray
14. Juan Pablo Montoya
15. Clint Bowyer

Mark Martin, subbing for Denny Hamlin qualified a disappointing 35th in the No. 11 Fed Ex Toyota. Tony Stewart, having an awful start to 2013 is also back in the pack, timing in 26th for Sunday’s 500-lapper.

The pole was the 30th of Johnson’s career and the second straight at this paperclip-shaped oval. Last Fall, he won from the top spot after leading 193 laps.

What’s Next: The Cup teams have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday, at 10:30 and 11:45. The Camping World Truck Series race starts at 1:30.

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