DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mark Martin added another highlight to his illustrious career, turning a fast lap of 182.065 mph to put the No. 5 CARQUEST Chevrolet on the pole for Saturday night’s 53rd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at historic Daytona International Speedway.
The 49.433-second lap gave Martin the 50th pole of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Starting alongside him will be reigning Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.
“I’ve had the pleasure of driving a lot of fast race cars and working with a lot of great teams through the years,” Martin said of the milestone feat. “I’m really grateful for that. This is really special.”
Bayne, who was at the top of the scoring pylon through much of qualifying with his 49.450 lap, seems to have a knack for the high banks of Daytona – winning the richest and most prestigious race in auto racing in February and now starting on the front row in only his second Sprint Cup series start at DIS.
“We were a little bummed not to get the pole,” said Bayne. “Obviously we don’t have the (car) that’s sitting (outside Turn 4 in the DIS Ticket Office), but they’ve built me another one that’s just as good and we’re happy to be able to show how fast it is and hopefully it will be that way in the race.”
Rounding out the top five are Clint Bowyer (49.553), Jeff Gordon (49.584) and David Ragan (49.636).