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Chicagoland qualifying: Four Hendrick cars in top 13

JOILET, Ill. (July 10, 2009)—Hendrick Motorsports drivers locked up starting spots in the first 15 rows during Thursday’s qualifying session at Chicagoland Speedway.

Race coverage of the 267-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Chicagoland Speedway will start at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, will start third, while teammate Jeff Gordon will line up his No. 24 DuPont/National Guard Patriot Academy Chevrolet in seventh.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin will occupy the seventh row to start Saturday night’s 400-mile affair. Earnhardt steered his No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy to a 13th-place starting spot during Thursday’s qualifying. Martin, driver of the No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg’s Chevrolet, will line up 14th.

Brad Keselowski, who is running a limited 2009 Cup schedule with Hendrick Motorsports, earned the 29th starting spot. This marks Keselowski’s fourth successful attempt to qualify the No. 25 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet this season.

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