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Martin wins pole in Bristol

Bristol, Tenn. Aug. 21: Mark Martin won the ninth pole of his career at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday and will start out front in for Saturday's Sharpie 500.

Martin turned in a lap of 124.484 miles per hour, allowing him to tie Cale Yarborough for the most poles won at the track. Martin also won the pole here in March.

After finishing 31st last Sunday at Michigan, Martin dropped to 12th in the points race, the last position that qualifies for the Sprint Cup playoff chase. He is only 12 points in front of Brian Vickers, the Michigan winner.

Greg Biffle finished second to Martin in qualifying by just .02 of a second.

Rookie Scott Speed was third and Dave Blaney was fourth.

Points leader Tony Stewart will start 30th.

Brian Vickers signs Red Bull extension

Charlotte, N.C. -- Red Bull Racing has signed Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers to a multiyear contract extension.
No terms were disclosed.

Vickers, 25, won last Sunday's CARFAX 400 in Brooklyn, Mich., his first win in 87 Sprint Cup races.

He has been with Red Bull since its first year in Sprint Cup Series competition in 2007 and has earned six pole positions this season.

"I'm thrilled," Vickers said. "This has been a long time coming, and there is nowhere else I would rather be. I am looking forward to building on what we have
started the last couple of years."

"Brian has been here from the beginning," said Red Bull Vice President and General

NASCAR: Vickers wins CARFAX 400

Brooklyn, Mich. -- Brian Vickers sped past Jimmie Johnson with two laps to go Sunday and went on to win the CARFAX 400 NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway.

Vickers, who had started on the pole for Toyota, held off Jeff Gordon by 1.4 seconds and earned his second career Sprint Cup Series victory.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, moving up from sixth place in the final 20 laps. Carl Edwards and Sam Hornish Jr. rounded out the top five.

Johnson had led for 134 laps but wound up in 33rd place after running out of gas on the fourth turn.

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Vickers wins latest Sprint pole position

Joliet, Ill. -- Brian Vickers has won the pole position for Saturday's LifeLock Sprint Cup race after a qualifying speed of 184.162 miles per hour.

Vickers is the eighth different pole winner in nine races at Chicagoland, where qualifying was rained out last year.

His tour around the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., marked the fifth time this season he earned the right to be the lead driver at a Sprint Series race and third straight.

He also won it before the Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, Calif., and the LifeLock 400 in Brooklyn, Mich.

"That car was just unbelievable," he said Thursday about his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota. "It was good when we unloaded it, and (the team) made it better."

Vickers wins pole on NASCAR road course

Sonoma -- Brian Vickers turned in the fastest qualifying lap at Infineon Raceway Friday to win his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole of the year.

Vickers will start out front for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350, to be run on the 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course. He covered one lap in 76.475 seconds Friday after having won the pole last weekend in Michigan.

Defending champion Kyle Busch was second-fastest with a lap in 76.690 seconds. He overcame a starting position of 30th to win at Sonoma last year.

Marcos Ambrose, a former road racer in Australia, qualified third, followed by Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne. The top 10 was rounded out by Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Boris Said and Matt Kenseth.

Vickers takes pole for Michigan auto race

Brooklyn, Mich. -- Brian Vickers will start from the pole position during Sunday's Sprint Cup LifeLock 400 auto race at Brooklyn, Mich.

He earned the pole Friday with a qualifying speed of 189.110 miles per hour, the second time in his career he accomplished the feat at the at Michigan International Speedway.

"We've had two really good qualifying efforts here," Vickers said. "We've always run really well here, and we thought we had a win here last year (but) there was a mixup at the end of the race with the positioning on the last restart. Hopefully we can get it back."

Kyle Busch took the outside pole with a lap at 188.536 mph.