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Mark Martin's qualifying time thrown out, will start 42nd at Dover

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Four-time defending Cup champion Jimmie

Johnson shook off a poor finish in the Chase opener to take the

pole at Dover International Speedway on Friday.

Mark Martin, who qualified third, had his time thrown out

because the right rear shock exceeded the maximum allowable gas

pressure. He was dropped to 42nd for Sunday's race. There are no

further penalties.

Clint Bowyer, whose championship run was crushed by serious

penalties after flunking inspection, starts 25th.

Johnson was 25th at New Hampshire and is sixth in the points

standings entering Sunday's race. He turned a lap of 155.736 mph at

one of his favorite tracks. Johnson has five career wins on the

1-mile concrete track.

AJ Allmendinger was second and Martin Truex Jr. is third. Points

leader Denny Hamlin moved up a spot to fourth.

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