Martinsville II: GM teams qualifying notes

Martinsville, Va. - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS captured the pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. It is the seventh Bud pole for the four-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) champion and the 63rd number one starting position...

Martinsville, Va. - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS captured the pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. It is the seventh Bud pole for the four-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) champion and the 63rd number one starting position of Gordon's career.

Gordon went out 28th in the order of the 48 cars attempting to qualify for the 43-car field of race six in the Chase for the Nextel Cup and the 32nd race of the 2007 season. It is his sixth pole in 30 races at Martinsville.

Team Chevy drivers captured four of the top-five and eight of the top-10 starting spots at Martinsville. Five of the nine Team Chevy drivers involved in the Chase are qualified in the top-10 for Sunday's race.

Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS, will start second, on the outside of row one. His front-row starting position equals a Truex's career best qualifying effort.

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS, qualified third for the Subway 500 to score his career-best starting position at Martinsville.

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, will start fourth in Sunday's race. The outside second row qualifying effort continues Johnson's series-leading top-10 starting position streak alive at 22.

Gordon leads the Chase standings heading in to the Subway 500 by 68 points over teammate. Johnson. Truex is 11th in the standings, 378 points out of the lead and Harvick sits eighth in the standings, 328 points down to Gordon.

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS, currently sixth in the Chase, 280 points out of the lead, qualified sixth at Martinsville.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Impala SS, qualified seventh for the Subway 500 with J.J. Yeley, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Impala SS starting along side in the eighth starting position.

Tony Raines, No. 96 DLP HDTV Impala SS will roll of 10th on Sunday afternoon.

Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Impala SS, currently 10th in the Chase standings, 366 points out of the lead, will start 18th in the Subway 500. Clint Bowyer, riding third in the Chase standings, just 78 points behind the leader will start his No. 07 Jack Daniel's Impala SS in the 21st position.

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Impala, the ninth place driver in the Chase, 349 down to Gordon, qualified 30th for the 43-car field. Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Impala SS, the fourth-place driver in the standings, 198 points behind the leader, will roll off 34th in Sunday's race.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Tony Raines , Jimmie Johnson , J.J. Yeley , Martin Truex Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch