Martin claims Richmond pole

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RICHMOND, VA (TheSpread) – Qualifying for Saturday’s Richmond 400 took place on Friday and Mark Martin found himself in the pole position when it was all said and done.

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According to oddsmakers, Martin now has 18/1 odds to win Saturday night’s race while Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are the favorites to win with 5/1 odds. Carl Edwards has 6/1 odds to win.

Busch has struggled this season, as he sits 13th in the point standings, 94 points out of first place. Busch has just one top 5 on the season. At Richmond, Busch has three wins and 11 top 5’s in his career. His average finish at this track is 5.0 and his driver rating there is 114.8, which ranks second in the series. Busch will start fifth on Saturday.

Hamlin is fifth in the point standings. He is 23 points out of first. He has two wins on the season with three top 5’s. Hamlin has two wins at Richmond in his career with an average finish of 7.6 at the track. His driver rating at Richmond is 117.6, which is tops for any active driver. Hamlin qualified seventh for Saturday’s race.

Edwards qualified second on Friday. He is ninth in the point standings right now, trailing first by 61. Edwards has two top 5’s this year and five top 10’s. Edwards has never won at Richmond, but he has three top 5’s and an average finish of 15.1 at the track. His driver rating at Richmond is 86.4, which ranks 11th in the series.

The Richmond 400 will take place Saturday, April 28 from Richmond International Raceway at 7:44PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Richmond 400 – 2012 Richmond 400 – Richmond International Raceway – Saturday, April 28, 2012

Kyle Busch 5/1

Denny Hamlin 5/1

Carl Edwards 6/1

Kevin Harvick 7/1

Jeff Gordon 7/1

Jimmie Johnson 10/1

Tony Stewart 10/1

Kasey Kahne 12/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 15/1

Brad Keselowski 15/1

Mark Martin 18/1

Matt Kenseth 25/1

Greg Biffle 25/1

Martin Truex Jr 30/1

Ryan Newman 35/1

AJ Allmendinger 35/1

Clint Bowyer 40/1

Kurt Busch 50/1

Aric Almirola 75/1

Marcos Ambrose 75/1

Joey Logano 75/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 75/1

Jamie McMurray 100/1

Jeff Burton 100/1

Paul Menard 100/1

David Gilliland 300/1

Bobby Labonte 300/1

David Ragan 300/1

Regan Smith 300/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1

Qualifying Results

1 Mark Martin (55)

2 Carl Edwards (99)

3 Kevin Harvick (29)

4 A J Allmendinger (22)

5 Kyle Busch (18)

6 Jeff Gordon (24)

7 Denny Hamlin (11)

8 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

9 Kasey Kahne (5)

10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

11 Aric Almirola (43)

12 Ryan Newman (39)

13 Kurt Busch (51)

14 Marcos Ambrose (9)

15 Regan Smith (78)

16 Brad Keselowski (2)

17 Dave Blaney (36)

18 Joey Logano (20)

19 Bobby Labonte (47)

20 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

21 Landon Cassill (83)

22 Tony Stewart (14)

23 Clint Bowyer (15)

24 Matt Kenseth (17)

25 Michael McDowell (98)

26 Casey Mears (13)

27 Jimmie Johnson (48)

28 Greg Biffle (16)

29 Travis Kvapil (93)

30 Jeff Burton (31)

31 Paul Menard (27)

32 Josh Wise (26)

33 David Reutimann (10)

34 David Stremme (30)

35 Joe Nemechek (87)

36 Scott Speed (195)

37 Jamie McMurray (1)

38 David Ragan (34)

39 Mike Bliss (119)

40 Stephen Leicht (33)

41 Cole Whitt (74)

42 David Gilliland (38)

43 Reed Sorenson (32)

44 Scott Riggs (23) DNQ

45 J.J. Yeley (249) DNQ

2012 Richmond 400 Information

Race Date: Saturday, April 28

Location: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA

Pre-Race: 7PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 7:44PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (400 laps)

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