Jimmie Johnson nabbed his first career Busch pole at Darlington Raceway with a lap of 168.186 mph. Johnson tamed the 'lady in black' last season in his Cup car by sweeping both events in the No. 48 Chevy and hopes to do the same this evening making just his second start of 2005.
"I was confident," said Johnson, the Cup series point leader. "I got through one and two with a lot of speed and three and four went really well. It was so smooth, I thought man I may have a shot at this--great day. Glad to get this No. 5 car on the pole."
Johnson's teammate Brian Vickers starts on the outside pole; making it an all Chevy, all Hendrick front row.
"Great run for us," said Vickers. "It's cool that Jimmie and I are starting up front. Looking forward to having a good night."
Robert Pressley, Sterling Marlin and Shane Hmiel complete the top five.
The Busch race will be run for the first time under the lights at Darlington starting at 8:05 pm tonight (Friday).