Martin fastest in Texan-style Happy Hour

Mark Martin and the No. 6 Roush Ford team turned the quickest lap in final practice for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Texas Motor Speedway. Martin's lap of 185.669 mph eclipsed the rest of the field to chart the top time. Martin will start third...

Mark Martin and the No. 6 Roush Ford team turned the quickest lap in final practice for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Texas Motor Speedway. Martin's lap of 185.669 mph eclipsed the rest of the field to chart the top time.

Martin will start third for Sunday's race.

"My car was really, really good in qualifying," commented Martin. "We spent some time in race trim at the beginning of practice. We had a good baseline from last fall's race. We had a great race with Carl Edwards and we're gonna try to improve on that just a little bit. We came up with some good ideas to try tomorrow to maybe improve on that just a little. Then we switched to qualifying trim and made a few runs and the last run was really good. It was 12th fastest or on the board -- or 11th -- so we made one or two minor adjustments and just really got a lap. It was sweet. I'm having a good weekend."

Elliott Sadler, a former Texas winner, had the second fastest lap with a 184.995 mph.

"I haven't been too shy about how I feel about running at Texas," Sadler said. "It is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. It is one that we circle on the schedule every year. We're bringing the same car we ran in Atlanta to Texas. We've made some changes to it and feel really excited about our chances this weekend."

Sadler's teammate, Dale Jarrett was third turning a lap of 184.411 mph.

"This is a car that we ran at Atlanta and we've gone back since and made some changes," Jarrett explained. "As I explained a couple weeks ago, we're kind of making small steps to improve each week without shooting ourselves in the foot so to speak to try to keep us in the hunt until we get this program really where it needs to be.

"Elliott and I once again are making those steps with our crew chiefs to get better as a race team and get our cars more competitive each week. Elliott had a great race last week at Martinsville. We had a good race. We just had a lot of problems that we overcame and managed a reasonable finish out of it. So I'm looking forward to this weekend."

Robby Gordon and Kyle Busch complete the top five times.

"Obviously we'll be trying to find the same balance we found at Atlanta and hope to be the fastest car on track again," said Gordon. "We've got a great baseline to start with and should be able to make our way into the top-10 pretty quickly on Sunday."

Polesitter Kasey Kahne ran just the 18th fastest time with a lap of 183.456 mph after being the only car to break the 190 mph mark during yesterday's time trial sessions.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robby Gordon , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin