AVONDALE, Ariz. – Mark Martin continues to prove that age is just a number.
The 54-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran secured his 56th career pole Friday at Phoenix Int’l Raceway for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 with a best lap of 26.073 seconds at 138.074 mph. Martin earned the pole for this race last year as well.
Martin is now the oldest driver in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to win a pole.
“Rodney Childers and everybody that works on the Aaron’s Dream Machine are just incredible,” said Martin, driver of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. “The 2013 Camry was pretty good today. Rodney and the guys just put it all together. They started to talk about what they were going to do for qualifying and I just covered my ears and walked off.
“They make great decisions and put me in great race cars. I am so proud to succeed with these guys. They back me up and support me so much,” Martin said.
Kasey Kahne qualified second, clocking in at 26.113 seconds at 137.862 mph. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon completed the top five.
Matt Kenseth, who was fastest in Friday’s practice session, qualified ninth.
Only 43 cars attempted to qualify for Sunday’s race, so there were no cars sent home following qualifying.