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Joey Logano Wins Pole at Martinsville Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Joey Logano edged out Ryan Newman on Friday to win the pole at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

Logano finished with a third round lap of 98.461 mph and took home his second pole of the season and tenth in his career.

"You win anything at Martinsville, it's a big deal," said Logano, who already won the Daytona 500 this year.  "Nothing but good things happen from starting first."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville for the first time in his career last October.

"We head to Martinsville," Earnhardt said on the "Dale Jr. Download" on Dirty Mo Radio this week. "We want to try to go down there and win another clock. I think we've got plenty of places we can put one around here so looking forward to this week." 

Both Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have eight career victories at one of NASCAR's smallest race tracks.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Picks Up First Win at Martinsville

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of the Chase, but he didn't mind taking home the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr., who was eliminated from title contention last weekend, held off Jeff Gordon, who is one of the eight remaining drivers left in the Chase, for his first career win at the track in 30 starts.

The win comes 10 years after Hendrick Motorsports lost ten members of their team, including team owner Rick Hendricks' son, at Martinsville during a plane crash.

"I could feel how important it was to him and his embrace when he hugged me," Earnhardt said. "There's a genuine hug and there's a hug. His was the real deal. This is the 10th anniversary. It's more difficult. The 10th anniversary sort of has you reflecting and remembering."

Ryan Newman, who is also one of the eight remaining drivers, finished in third.  Tony Stewart followed Newman and Joey Logano was fifth.

Gordon said finishing in second was tough, but he's happy to see Team Hendrick get the win at this track.

"I will say that it makes me feel a little bit better about finishing second that it was second to somebody that's not in the Chase," Gordon said. "Had that been somebody in the Chase, it would have been hard to swallow."

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McMurray Takes Pole at Martinsville

BananaStock(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Despite not qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, Jamie McMurray won the poll at Martinsville Speedway Friday.

McMurray ran a lap of 99.905 mph, which is a qualifying record, to earn the top starting position for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

"We made the car better throughout the test and hit on a couple of things that really had a lot of speed in it, so I was pretty excited about getting here this weekend," McMurray said. "Our cars have been so quick the past two or three months. This is a great track for me, we had a really good test, and when things are going well, you get excited to come to the track."

Championship contenders Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth qualified second and third.

Martinsville will be the first of three races that will determine the four final drivers that will compete for the Sprint Cup title Nov. 16 at Homestead.

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Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot 

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The chase for the Sprint Cup title is down to eight drivers headed into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski had to win last weekend to get into the Eliminator round and found a way to win in the final laps at Talladega. Still, he feels it's anyones game right now.

"Everyone has a strength," Keselowski said of the final drivers remaining. "It really is pretty open to me."

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards will join Keselowski.

Hamlin is hoping to continue his run of success at Martinsville. "It's been a great track for us," Hamin said on Tuesday. "No one saw us winning last year, we were running like 15th every week and all of a sudden we went to Homestead, it's hard to pinpoint the favorites and underdogs at this point."

Gordon and his team have had success at every single track in this round, so he's betting on Martinsville.

"This to me is where we're going to shine," Gordon said. "There's such a realistic chance for us to not only win one or a couple of these races coming up, but seriously get ourselves to Homestead with a shot at winning this thing."

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Kurt Busch Wins STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Kurt Busch found a way to hold off Jimmie Johnson with 10 laps remaining to win the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Johnson had eight career wins at the short-track, but took home second and was followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano.

Busch went 84 Sprint Cup races without a win and was hoping to take home a grandfather clock this weekend after having success at the track last season.

"I've been on this journey for a while and every time you come to Martinsville, you just kind of draw a line through it like there's no way I'll be able to challenge those Hendrick guys or be up in the top 10," Busch said.

Busch 25th career victory came in his first season racing for Stewart-Haas Racing.

"It's a dream come true to have Gene Haas call you and tell you he wants you to drive," Busch said. "He wants to go for trophies and wins. It's just an unbelievable feeling to deliver for Haas Automation."

Kurt's younger brother Kyle finished in 14th after winning the pole.

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Kyle Busch Wins Pole for Martinsville Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Kyle Busch won his 14th career pole in the Sprint Cup series and his first at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.

Busch had a qualifying speed of 99.674 mph to get the pole and Joey Logano set the track record at 100.201 mph during the first phase of two-session qualifying for a third place finish.

"I think that's a great thing for us," said Busch, who won last week's race at Fontana. "We get to pit there and of course drop the jack and just lunge across the line and be good."

"You need to still run up front all day. I think that it's a great opportunity for us to pick up some spots say if we're second, third, fourth, whatever, but you definitely always want to stay as close to the front as you can and try not to use that box as much as some guys have in the past."

Denny Hamlin got the second fastest qualifying lap with a speed of 99.548 mph.

"I knew, even going into this weekend, I knew we were going to be really good contenders and be in the mix anyway," Hamlin said. "I feel like after running a couple laps of practice I felt like this was a car that was capable of winning. I think with tire management being more of a factor than it's ever been, it kind of lends itself to my driving style even more. For that reason I think we'll be tough on Sunday."

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Clint Bowyer Wants to Win at Martinsville

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Clint Bowyer is eager to win the seven-foot tall grandfather clock this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Bowyer finished in second at last year's race and followed that with a third-place finish in the fall.

"We've been so close the last two or three years," said Bowyer, who has 10 top-10 finishes in 16 starts at the track.  "It is one of those tracks we put a lot of emphasis on.  It's one that we want to win at more than anything."

Martinsville is the smallest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule and Jeff Gordon is looking forward to this weekend.

"You have to be aggressive, but you have to be patient. Martinsville has fairly long straightaways -- at least for a half-mile track -- with extremely flat, tight corners," Gordon said.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. trails Carl Edwards by one point for the top spot in the standings.

"Every seat at Martinsville is the best seat in the house," Earnhardt Jr. said.  "I think it’s a great place to watch a race. I used to go up there and watch when I was a kid. It was only an hour and a half up the road so we never missed that race. I’ve been going there forever, and I love racing there."

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Jeff Gordon Wins at Martinsville

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Jeff Gordon picked up his first short track win since 2005 after catching Matt Kenseth late to take the checkered flag on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

The win moved Gordon from fifth to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

"What would Jimmie Johnson do, or better yet, what would Richard Petty do?  Matt drove a really first-class caliber race today," Gordon said of chasing down Kenseth with 70 laps remaining.

"I didn't know if we were going to get him, but it sure was awesome when we finally did and just kind of hoped there were no cautions," Gordon told ESPN.

Kenseth finished in second and was followed by Clint Bowyer in third.  Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five. 

Johnson and Kenseth now share the Sprint Cup points lead with three races remaining.

"Whenever your team puts you in front for that last run and you're out there leading, you get beat, you're always a little bit disappointed," Kenseth said. "I just got beat by honestly experience and a better driver of this track. I was hesitant to change my line and do the things he was doing because what I was doing got me there. Just got too tight at the end. Wish I could do it over."

Johnson was asked about how he'll approach the final three races.

"It's been a great battle with (Kenseth) and (Gordon) has really shown that he wants to be part of this deal as well," Johnson said. "It's going to be a dogfight to the end -- the way I would like to race for a championship, and I know that's what the fans want to see, so we'll be digging hard."

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Denny Hamlin Wins Pole At Martinsville

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Denny Hamilin picked up his 17th career pole at Martinsville Speedway on Friday in dominant fashion.  Hamlin recorded a lap at 99.595 mph around the 0.526-mile oval for the track record for the pole on Sunday.

Hamlin has won four races at Martinsville and is looking forward to another shot at a Grandfather clock.

"I think both my teammates and the guys who are around will know that I'm racing for a race win and that's it," Hamlin said. "I'll take more risks, obviously, when racing for a win. I will be a lot more aggressive with a non-teammate than I will with a teammate, so that part of it is a little bit different, but that would be the only way I don't give 100 percent racing for a win."

Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Busch finished with the same qualifying speed of 99.344 mph and will share the front row.

"I felt like I had a good last lap," Johnson said.  "I think the conditions were pretty tough for everybody."

Johnson holds a four-point lead over Matt Kenseth headed into Sunday.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins at Martinsville, Takes over Points Lead

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- The five-time Sprint Cup champion is back atop the points lead after the big win at Martinsville on Sunday.  Jimmie Johnson took home the checkered flag for the 59th career time after he beat Kyle Busch to the finish line at Martinsville Speedway.

This was Johnson's seventh career victory at Martinsville.

"I'm ecstatic about the win today and ecstatic about the points lead, but this is no cake-walk," Johnson said.  "These guys are bringing their best each and every week. ... The next two races will tell the tale. Anything can happen. We could both wad it up next week and Clint Bowyer is your champion."

Brad Keselowski came into the race as the points leader but started 32nd and finished in sixth to leave only two points away from Johnson.

"You can't count this team out," said Keselowski.  "I know this championship's going to come down to Homestead, you just got to be in position where you've got a shot at it."

Busch was followed by Kasey Kahne, Aric Amirola, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.  Bowyer sits in third in the points after his finish.

"It was a good day for us," said Bowyer. 

The Sprint Cup series will head to Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4 with just three races remaining in the chase for the championship.

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