HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured the pole for the
Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a blistering speed
of 192.761 mph.
Earnhardt's lap on a cool Friday night was faster than any
pole-winning speed for a Sprint Cup race in 2009. Mark Martin was
the pole-sitter last year in the spring race with a speed of
Martin went much faster this time (191.814) but it was only good
enough for fourth. Kyle Busch will start from the outside of the
front row Sunday, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya. Jeff Gordon was
fifth, giving Hendrick Motorsports three of the top five spots.
The fourth Hendrick driver, Jimmie Johnson, managed only the
16th-best speed on the 1.54-mile trioval.