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Mark Martin wins Talladega pole

Updated: October 22, 2011, 5:31 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- For the first time since Dan Wheldon's fatal accident, the focus was back on the race track.

Hendrick Motorsports proved Saturday it has the best superspeedway program in NASCAR with a sweep of the front row in qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway.

Mark Martin won the pole with a lap of 181.367 mph, just a tick faster than the 181.360 posted by five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson. Hendrick Motorsports now has won the pole at all four superspeedway races ...

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