Jimmie Johnson Wins the Pole at Dover; 15 Team Chevy Drivers to Start AAA 400 Dover, Del. (September 24, 2010) - For the 25th time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) career, four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson will start from the...
Jimmie Johnson Wins the Pole at Dover; 15 Team Chevy Drivers to Start AAA 400
Dover, Del. (September 24, 2010) - For the 25th time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) career, four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole. Johnson qualified his No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet in the No. 1 starting position for Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
It is his second pole of the 2010 season and his third at Dover. It is the 12th pole for Team Chevy in 28 races this season.
Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet, will start fifth with Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet, seventh in the 43-car starting lineup. A total of 15 Team Chevy drivers will start race two of the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
AJ Allmendinger (Ford), Martin Truex, Jr. (Toyota) and Denny Hamlin (Toyota) complete the top-five qualifiers for the 400-lap/400-mile race on Sunday.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET -- POLE WINNER:
YOU MADE A COUPLE OF ADJUSTMENTS ON THE CAR AND HERE YOU ARE ON THE POLE "I have a lot of faith in this race team. We worked on some things. I knew the car was going to be more comfortable for me and help some of the loose. I didn't know how much. As I heard on the telecast earlier, some of the other drivers we speaking about the commitment it takes. As a Sprint Cup driver you've got to climb in the car and hope for the best. Every time you go into Turn 1 you've got to anticipate that grip is there and fortunately for me today it was. If it wasn't, I would have been backwards and in the fence, and I had a big issue off of (Turn) 4 but (Turns) 1 and 2 gave me a good feel for what (Turns) 3 and 4 had and I got a good end down there. I'm just proud of these guys and this whole Lowe's /KOBALT Tools team. We've got a good starting spot, obviously, and hopefully we can make some good of it on Sunday."
ON HIS START TO THE CHASE "It certainly isn't the way we wanted to start the Chase. We ran better than where we finished (at Loudon). We were in the eye of the storm a few times and had some issues and lost track position and then we had an issue with the right front tire. When I watched the comments through the week and heard what Tony Stewart had to say, and I really parallel his thoughts. It's not what you want but there are still nine races left and no time to panic. We don't need to change what we're doing. We know we're a great race team. We've just got to go race for this thing and I think this year's Chase, every guy in the Chase is ready to race. We know that we are."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO HAVE FIRST PIT STALL? "Dover is such a tough track to pass on. Especially early in the race and the short run side of it. The most important thing is pit road and it is a very dangerous pit road. Even for the crew guys in a certain respect, but just from the car standpoint, you can get hit in the left front; you can get smashed in the wall. All kinds of damage can take place. You can get pinned in your pit box so to have that first pit box is everything. From where we were in practice, we were just hoping for a top-10 and I got a really good lap because of some great adjustments. We are very pleased to have that first pit stall."
-source: gm racing