All Martin Daytona Front Row

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin locked up front row starting spots for next Sunday's 51st running of the Daytona 500 in today's qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway.

The duo gave Chevrolet the front row for next week's season-opening race.

Truex Jr.'s run in the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet gave the newly-merged Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing team its first pole. He turned a lap of 188.001 mph to earn his first pole since November of 2007 at Texas Motor Speedway.

"We knew we had a shot," Truex said. "This is a big deal. I am excited for all of the guys back at the shop who worked so hard. This is really good."

Martin's first opportunity in his return to full-time racing at Hendrick Motorsports resulted in the second-best lap of the session when the veteran turned in a run of 187.817 mph.

“Everybody on this race team is so charged up,” Martin said. “It’s just so fun to go to work every day and I’m glad it’s just about ready to start.”

Only the front row is locked into next Sunday's race with the remainder of the starting field determined in Thursday's Gatorade Duels at Daytona twin 150-mile races.

While the Top 35 in the current owner points standings are guaranteed a spot in next Sunday's race, three drivers outside that cut-off did earn a place as well.

Bill Elliott in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford was the fastest of the non Top 35 qualifiers with a lap of 187.739 mph.

“I think it says it on the board," Elliott said after the run. "We’re the fastest of the Fords and that was a very impressive run as far as we’re concerned. It’s kind of a double-edged sword being that we didn’t get the pole, but there again, we’re out of the top 35 in points and we needed a good, solid run, so that’s kind of where we need to be.”

Travis Kvapil in the Yates Racing Ford was the next quickest of the go-or-go-homers with Tony Stewart driving the No. 14 Chevrolet he now co-owns was next on the list with the 10th-fastest overall time.

"We had a little bit of a vibration, we don't know whether it was a gear, or what," Stewart said. "It was enough to slow it down a little more than we thought. But still pleased. You look on the board and you still see the two cars we brought down here in the top-10, that is pretty impressive."

Terry Labonte, who timed in 50th driving the No. 66 Toyota, will be eligible for a past champions provisional if he is unable to race his way into the 500 in the Duels.

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