In qualifications for the Capital City 400, the ninth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Mark Martin went out last and came away with the pole position. The 53-year old driver zipped around the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway at a speed of 128.327 miles per hour, surpassing Carl Edwards by a mere 6/1000th of a second.

In earning his sixth career pole at RIR, Martin drove Michael Waltrip Racing’s Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota. The veteran driver earned his 53rd career Sprint Cup pole. He has five more Nationwide Series poles at this highly competitive track.

Martin’s first-ever pole at Richmond came in 1981 in his fourth Sprint Cup race. At the time, track was a half-mile in length. For Martin, he remembers that run like it was yesterday, indicating he knows the spring settings, the weight distribution and the adjustments made to the car after qualifications.