Sunday, September 6, 2009
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HAMPTON - Martin Truex Jr. won his first pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, just in time for the track's first scheduled race entirely under the lights.
Truex qualified first for tonight's Pep Boys Auto 500 with his lap of 184.149 mph. It is Truex's second pole of the season after qualifying first and finishing 11th at the Daytona 500.
Truex is leaving Earnhardt Ganassi Racing after the season to join Michael Waltrip Racing and said he wants to give his current team a win.
'I want to go out on a high note for them and for all they've done for me,' Truex said.
Truex, 23rd in the Sprint Cup standings, is an outsider in the late-season competition for one of the 12 spots in the Chase for the Championship.
Kasey Kahne, 11th in the Sprint Cup standings, qualified second at 183.497 mph. Jimmie Johnson, was third, followed by Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.