Jimmie Johnson wins Talladega pole

Talladega, AL - Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Sunday's Winston Cup race at Talladega. Johnson won the top spot with a fast time of 51.337 seconds, a speed of 186.532 mph. This is the rookie's second Bud Pole Award.

Talladega, AL - Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Sunday's Winston Cup race at Talladega. Johnson won the top spot with a fast time of 51.337 seconds, a speed of 186.532 mph.

This is the rookie's second Bud Pole Award. The first was for the Daytona 500, also a restrictor plate track.

"We had a feeling that we would be strong but the car had to be totally rebuilt after Daytona and these things are so temperamental you can do something really small and it makes a big difference. It was nice this morning when we unloaded that the car was right on par where it was when we were here testing it with the old body on it that was knocked off at Daytona. We're very happy."

Starting alongside in row one will be Richard Childress Racing driver Robby Gordon. Gordon ran a speed of 186.408 mph.

Rounding out the top five are DEI teammates Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr, and starting fifth will be Bill Davis driver Ward Burton.

Johnson's Raybestos rookie rival Ryan Newman will roll off the grid sixth. While his teammate Jeff Gordon starts tenth.

Bobby Gerhart, Shawna Robinson and Rick Mast failed to make the race. As did Dick Trickle, driving for the first time a No. 91 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports as part of a new research and development program.

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