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Martin qualifies on pole at Daytona

Sat., July 2, 2011

Mark Martin bumped Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne from the pole at Daytona International Speedway with a qualifying run that put him in elite company.

Martin turned a lap of 182.065 mph in a Chevrolet to win his first pole of the season, but 50th of his career. He’s only the eighth driver in NASCAR history to win 50 poles.

The milestone run for the 52-year-old came in his 811th start and at a track where he’s winless in 52 career starts.

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Stewart issues threat

Tony Stewart vowed to wreck any driver who blocks him on the track, even if that policing costs him a spot in NASCAR’s championship race.

Stewart intentionally spun Brian Vickers last week at Sonoma because he felt Vickers was blocking him during the race. Vickers retaliated later by wrecking Stewart, who had a car capable of contending for the win but wound up 39th.

It dropped him to 12th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings.

“I am drawing a line in the sand and the next guy that blocks me, he is going to also suffer the same fate,” Stewart said at Daytona International Speedway.

He also upped the ante, stating in a calm manner that he’d wreck the next driver enough to ensure he won’t be able to come back and retaliate against Stewart.

“It doesn’t matter who it is,” he said. “I’ll make sure that when I do it the next time that the guy doesn’t have the opportunity to come back and wreck me.”

Logano wins Nationwide

Joey Logano used a last-lap push from teammate Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Danica Patrick was in position to race for the win with late help from JR Motorsports teammate Aric Almirola. But both fell back into traffic and Patrick got caught in a wreck on the final turn.



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