Dover II: Pole winner interview

BUD POLE WINNER: JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS "We were hopeful that we could qualify first and take advantage of that first pit stall. The time we spent in qualifying trim today paid off and worked out. It was just a great performance.

BUD POLE WINNER: JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS

"We were hopeful that we could qualify first and take advantage of that first pit stall. The time we spent in qualifying trim today paid off and worked out. It was just a great performance. I was really impressed by Juan's (Pablo Montoya) lap and also the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) lap. It seemed that the trend was that most cars were slowing down. So to see Juan run a .40, which was much faster than what went on in practice, I knew that was a big mark and I was really committed to my lap and pulled it off."

COULD YOU SPEAK ABOUT THE SIGNIFIGANCE OF QUALIFYING WELL. IS IT A BIG DEAL OR NOT A BIG DEAL? ALSO YOU MENTIONED THE FIRST PIT STALL. HOW BIG A DEAL IS THAT?

"It's tough to say how important the track position is going to be. Naturally you'd think it would be important but depending on pit cycles and strategy, you can lose track position here in the race pretty easily. So, I am excited about that. The start of the race will be a little easier for us, but the thing I'm most excited for is that first pit stall. You take a lot of risks on pit road here every time you're in and off pit road. I got hit here trying to leave my stall in the spring race and it did some damage. We spent most of the day just trying to recover from the damage on the car and trying to get that right. Hopefully with this first pit stall, we'll be able to avoid any of that stuff."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin