Martin Takes The Pole

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held qualifying for Saturday’s Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, and Mark Martin won his fifth pole of the 2009 season.

Following Friday’s qualifying, Kyle Busch finds himself as the new pre-race favorite to win on Saturday night.

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Busch is the favorite with 4/1 odds to win according to oddsmakers at the online sportsbook SBGGLOBAL. The other short odds to win is Martin (5/1), Greg Biffle (7/1), and Jimmie Johnson (8/1).

Busch qualified 15th for Saturday’s race and sits 15th in the points standings. With three races left before the Chase for the Championship, Busch needs a strong showing in the Sharpie 500 to keep his hopes for making the top 12 alive. A fourth place finish at Watkins Glen on Aug. 10 has been surrounded by five races where he finished outside the top 10. Busch has three wins on the year, but not placed in the top three since winning the Friedman 400 on May 2.

Martin is a two-time winner at Bristol Motor Speedway and he will lead the way to start the race on Saturday. In his career, Martin has 15 top-five finishes at Bristol. Martin is currently 12th in the points standings.

Biffle qualified second for Saturday’s race and is 10th in the Sprint Cup standings. Biffle has never won in Bristol but has four top-five finishes.

Johnson will start 21st for the Sharpie 500 and has never won in Bristol with three top-five finishes. Johnson is coming off his second worst finish of the 2009 season after taking 33rd in the Carfax 400 last weekend. Johnson is third in the points standings.

The Sharpie 500 will take place Saturday, Aug. 22 from Bristol Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Sharpie 500 – 2009 Sharpie 500 Bristol Motor Speedway – Aug. 22, 2009

Kyle Busch 4/1    

Mark Martin 5/1    

Greg Biffle 7/1    

Jimmie Johnson 8/1    

Clint Bowyer 10/1    

Denny Hamlin 10/1    

Tony Stewart 10/1    

Jeff Gordon 12/1    

Kurt Busch 12/1    

Matt Kenseth 15/1    

Carl Edwards 15/1    

Ryan Newman 20/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 20/1    

Kasey Kahne 25/1    

Joey Logano 25/1    

Kevin Harvick 30/1    

Brian Vickers 30/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 30/1    

Martin Truex Jr 60/1    

Jeff Burton 60/1     

David Reutimann 80/1    

Casey Mears 100/1    

David Ragan 100/1    

Reed Sorenson 100/1        

Jamie McMurray 100/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 200/1    

Scott Speed 200/1    

Bobby Labonte 500/1    

Elliott Sadler 500/1    

Michael Waltrip 500/1    

David Stremme 500/1    

AJ Allmendinger 500/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 100/1 

2009 Sharpie 500 Information

Race Date: Saturday, Aug. 22

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.

Pre-Race: 6:30 PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 7:43 p.m.

TV Coverage: ESPN

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (500 laps)

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Posted: 8/21/09 9:25PM ET

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