Atlanta Motor Speedway qualifying summary

MARTIN TRUEX JR. WINS POLE POSITION SATURDAY AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY HAMPTON, Ga. (Sept. 5, 2009) -- Martin Truex Jr. surprised the crowd Saturday -- and maybe himself -- by winning the pole for Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at...

MARTIN TRUEX JR. WINS POLE POSITION SATURDAY AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

HAMPTON, Ga. (Sept. 5, 2009) -- Martin Truex Jr. surprised the crowd Saturday -- and maybe himself -- by winning the pole for Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, turning the day's fast lap in 30.106 seconds (184.149 mph).

Starting next to Truex for the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta is Kasey Kahne, who held the top spot for most of the qualifying session until being bumped to the outside. Jimmie Johnson will start third, Jeff Gordon fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

"When we unloaded, we struggled a little," Truex said. "We really hit on something in the second practice, and the car really came to life. We made some more changes but then ran out of tires, so we weren't really sure what we had."

What he had was his second pole of the season and first at the fast Atlanta superspeedway.

"The track picked up a second," Truex said. "We hit it right on the head."

Peachtree City's Reed Sorenson qualified 13th, Unadilla's David Ragan was 16th and Alpharetta driver Joey Logano will start 34th.

Rookie Erik Darnell will start 42nd after taking a provisional in his Sprint Cup debut. Terry Labonte also used a provisional to start 43rd. Regan Smith, Patrick Carpentier and Tony Raines did not make the field.

Great seats are still available for Sunday's historic Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the first in track history under the lights. Visit the AMS ticket booth or call (877) 9-AMS-TIX for more information.

-credit: ams

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Patrick Carpentier , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Regan Smith , David Ragan , Reed Sorenson , Erik Darnell , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch