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JOHNSON STORMS TO AAA TEXAS 500 SPRINT CUP POLE

by TMS Website | Nov 02, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas (November 2, 2012) – Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and current points leader Jimmie Johnson captured the pole for the AAA Texas 500 during Friday’s SportsDay Qualifying Day Powered by The Dallas Morning News at Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) put on an impressive display of speed as his lap of 191.076 miles per hour (28.261 seconds) was more than 1/10 of a second quicker than his nearest competitor. The pole was his first at Texas Motor Speedway in 19 visits. It also was his fourth of the season and 29th of his career.

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford), who won April’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, qualified second at 190.382 mph (28.364 secs.) and Kyle Busch (No. 18 Snickers Toyota) was third at 190.127 mph.

Rounding out the top five was the Michael Waltrip Racing duo of Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota) at 190.067 mph and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 Carlyle Tools by NAPA Toyota), April’s polesitter, at 189.994 mph.

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge), who trails Johnson by two points in the championship, will start eighth after a lap of 189.534 mph.

David Stremme, Kelly Bires and Stephen Leicht did not qualify for the 43-car starting field.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns Saturday for its two final practices, the first beginning at 2 p.m. CT and second at 4:45 p.m.

The AAA Texas 500, the eighth race of the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. Frontstretch tickets are still available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling (817) 215-8500.

Pos Car Driver
1 48 Jimmie Johnson
2 16 Greg Biffle
3 18 Kyle Busch
4 15 Clint Bowyer
5 56 Martin Truex Jr.
6 20 Joey Logano
7 21 Trevor Bayne(i)
8 2 Brad Keselowski
9 99 Carl Edwards
10 17 Matt Kenseth
11 55 Mark Martin
12 11 Denny Hamlin
13 5 Kasey Kahne
14 43 Aric Alrmirola
15 9 Marcos Ambrose
16 24 Jeff Gordon
17 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i)
18 78 Kurt Busch
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20 13 Casey Mears
21 14 Tony Stewart
22 31 Jeff Burton
23 29 Kevin Harvick
24 1 Jamie McMurray
25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya
26 51 AJ Allmendinger
27 27 Paul Menard
28 37 JJ Yeley
29 47 Bobby Labonte
30 38 David Gilliland
31 95 Scott Speed
32 10 Danica Patrick(i)
33 34 David Ragan
34 19 Mike Bliss(i)
35 26 Josh Wise #
36 39 Ryan Newman
37 98 Michael McDowell
38 93 Travis Kvapil
39 91 Reed Sorenson(i)
40 36 Dave Blaney
41 83 Landon Cassill
42 32 Ken Schrader
43 87 Joe Nemechek(i)

# Denotes Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

1 Comment

  1. 1 Kelly Siano 04 Nov
    JJ is on his way to his next new title; 6X NSCS CHAMPION! Go Team Lowes @ KSMETEAM48!! Texas born, Texas Proud!

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