Daytona 500: Mark Martin qualifying day report

Pole Day Qualifying Complete; Martin Looks to Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2007) -- Mark Martin qualified 35th in Sunday's Pole Day at Daytona International Speedway. The U.S. Army Team will now turn its attention to Thursday's ...

Pole Day Qualifying Complete; Martin Looks to Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2007) -- Mark Martin qualified 35th in Sunday's Pole Day at Daytona International Speedway. The U.S. Army Team will now turn its attention to Thursday's Gatorade Duel qualifying race, as they continue to get ready for Sunday's (Feb. 18) Daytona 500.

Martin's No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet toured the 2.5-mile oval in 49.109 seconds at 183.266 miles per hour. His qualifying result will place him in one of the two Gatorade Duel 150-mile races on Thursday, which will determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500, except for the front row.

Pole Day locked in the front row for the Daytona 500. David Gilliland took the pole, and his Robert Yates teammate, Ricky Rudd, will sit on the outside pole. The winning pole speed was 186.320.

"Qualifying really doesn't mean much out here unless you sit on the front row," said Martin. "We had a spectacular U.S. Army Chevy in the Bud Shootout last night and we have a great race team. We just need to make sure that these guys keep their chins up. We'll make it all back on Thursday I guarantee that."

"All the rest of this stuff is just filler," added Martin. "The 500 is all I care about and we had a great car last night and we'll have a better one on Sunday, so I'm really excited about what we have going on."

Martin and the team will return to action on Wednesday for practice as they prepare for Thursday's qualifying race.

The Gatorade Duel races will be televised on SPEED, beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

*Note: NASCAR will not release official Pole Day qualifying results or lineups for Thursday's Gatorade Duel qualifying races until post-Pole Day qualifying technical inspection is complete.

-credit: ginn racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland , Robert Yates , Mark Martin