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2014 Martinsville: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 28, 2014 - 06:20 PM
2014 Martinsville: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Recap

Chevy SS drivers and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon led the way for Chevrolet in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) qualifying at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson posted the fourth fastest time in his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS and will be in search of his ninth victory at the .526 mile short track. Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, also an eight-time winner at Martinsville, will start fifth in Sunday’s STP 500. In all, Chevrolet has captured the victory in over 50 percent of all NSCS races at Martinsville (52 of 103).

44 entrants took to the track for the first session 30-minute session before the field was cut to the 12 fastest cars. Those 12 cars moved to the final round two and were given 10 minutes to post another fast lap. Five Team Chevy drivers ended the day in the final top-12 group - with all of them in the top-ten.

Tony Stewart, No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, recorded his best qualifying effort of the season and will roll off from the seventh starting spot on Sunday. Stewart has three career victories at Martinsville with his last coming in 2011. Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS will start ninth and Danica Patrick, No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS, earned her best start of the season posting the 10th quickest time.

Kyle Busch (Toyota) was the pole winner, Denny Hamlin (Toyota) was second and Joey Logano (Ford) qualified third to round out the top-five.

The STP 500 takes the green flag on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET and will be aired live on FOX.


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