Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:05 pm

Mark Martin races to Phoenix pole

By Pete Pistone


Veteran Mark Martin was the fastest of the field Saturday afternoon and won the pole for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

The 53-year-old Martin toured the one-mile desert oval with a lap of 136.814 mph to score the 52nd pole of his Sprint Cup pole and second at Phoenix.

The pole-winning run came in only Martin's second start for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Tony Stewart, Regan Smith, Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the fast five.

Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne were the top ten.

Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 will take the green flag at 3:14 p.m. ET.

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