Jimmie Johnson Blasts the Pole at Dover; Second Number One Starting Spot for Points Leader in the Chase in Last Three NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Races Dover, DE - Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, blasted his way to the pole for Sunday's ...
Jimmie Johnson Blasts the Pole at Dover; Second Number One Starting Spot for Points Leader in the Chase in Last Three NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Races
Dover, DE - Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, blasted his way to the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. It is the second number one starting spot for the leader of the Chase for the Nextel Cup point standings in the last three events.
Johnson's lap of 23.261 seconds, 154.765 miles per hour bested second place by almost two-tenths of a second on the track known as the "Monster Mile."
Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEX Ground Impala SS, will roll off third for Sunday's 400-lap/400-mile race. Hamlin sits ninth in the NNCS Chase.
Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS, winner of the spring Dover race will start fifth in the field of 43 cars. He is sixth in the championship standings.
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS, is the fourth Team Chevy driver to score a top-10 starting spot, qualifying in the seventh position. Harvick is currently 10th in the Chase.
A total of 18 Impala SS race cars qualified for the Dodge Dealers 400.
The remaining five Team Chevy drivers involved in the Chase qualified as follows:
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS, fifth in the standings will start 22nd
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, second in the standings will start 27th
Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Impala SS, third in the standings will start 28th
Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Impala SS, 11th in the standings will start 36th
Clint Bowyer, No. 07 DIRECTV Impala SS, fourth in the standings will start 42nd
Round two of the Chase and the 28th race of the 36-race season is scheduled to start Sunday at 1:30 p.m. EDT. ABC, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio will bring all the live action to fans beginning at 1:00 p.m.
BUD POLE WINNER: JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS
ON QUALIFYING EFFORT: "It was a great lap. We knew we had a great car unloading, and stayed focused on qualifying trim because we knew that first pit stall was going to be awfully important. Luckily we were able to back that up running our fastest two laps and get the pole.
"It is a great car and it was fun because it was handling so well, I could challenge myself lap after lap to go faster, push harder, find speed. I am very proud of this Lowe's team, we are off to a great start this weekend.
"Track position is important but we were really focused on getting that first pit stall. Mission accomplished there but this is just one day of many long ones to come. We had a good day today but we have to wake up tomorrow and have another one.
"I have to catch my breath right now, it was two fun laps."
ON HAVING TWO POLES IN THREE RACES: "I don't know why they upturn. If you ask the crew chief, he is going to tell you I finally started trying (LAUGHS), I say it is the cars. No, just messing around with you there, qualifying has never been my strong suit. I think when we do qualify well, just shows you how good we are going to be in race trim."
*** DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 FEDEX IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 3RD:
ON HIS QUALIFYING EFFORT: "We kept the car pretty consistent from where we were in practice. Really didn't make too many mistakes on the race track. Just a little bit too tight and felt like we gave up the pole right there off of four. If a couple of those guys, the No. 48 and the No. 01, it will still be a pretty good starting spot for us."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 28TH:
GREG BIFFLE SAID YOU LOOKED AWFULLY LOOSE OUT THERE. "Yeah, and it's hard when you're going out behind somebody and you see how free they are; you assume that the track has probably freed up a little bit. At least he put his on the pole doing it, I'm not quite as far up as he is right now."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 7TH:
"Our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet was pretty good in race trim. We were pretty good in our qualifying run in practice first time out so we made a little bit of a wrong adjustment for the second time out. All in all, it has been pretty good for us. We ran good here in the first race this year and had some motor trouble. This place has kind of been like the rest
of our year. We haven't had the best of luck here. But, if we can get some luck, the performance of our cars has been good. So we will see what happens here toward the end of the year.
Turns three and four were my tough spots, as I got up off the corner, I really concentrated on the center of the corner from the last race here. I have been watching some tape and things, trying to get better. It hasn't been my strong suit here. Got a little bit excited, and didn't quite get all the way in the gas, but still a good lap for us."
JEFF GREEN- NO. 66 COMCAST / BEST BUY IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 34TH:
"We struggled during practice. Harold (Holly, crew chief) threw a lot of changes at it, but it felt just about the same. We were pushing in the middle of the turns for the most part. We'll get it dialed in tomorrow. We were pretty fast in the race back in June, so maybe we can get it the same this time around and avoid the problems from June and we'll be good."
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