AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Mark Martin has won his third pole of the season, qualifying first Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway.

Martin ran a lap at 133.814 mph in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to beat Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch for the top starting spot Saturday night. Before this season, Martin had not won a pole since 2001.

Kyle Busch qualified second with a lap at 133.725 in a Toyota, and older brother Kurt was third in a Dodge with a lap at 133.700.

Jeff Gordon qualified fourth in a Chevrolet and was followed by Brian Vickers in a Toyota.

The top 10 was rounded out by Tony Stewart, Paul Menard, David Reutimann, Regan Smith and Jimmie Johnson.

Six drivers failed to make the race, including Todd Bodine and Jeremy Mayfield.

AP-ES-04-17-09 2046EDT


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