Jimmie Johnson scores important pole at Texas

  • Saturday 3rd November, 2012 8:59am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Johnson Texas pole 344x224 Jimmie Johnson scores important pole at Texas

Only in Texas would the pole man be awarded a rifle & that is what Jimmie Johnson won after qualifying

Jimmie Johnson’s push for his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title got another boost by clocking the fastest time in qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Holding a two-point advantage over Brad Keselowski in the championship, Johnson set the benchmark speed of 191.076 mph (307.508 km/h). It’s his second week in a row as the pole sitter, and he last week at Martinsville he turned that into victory with three races left (Texas, Phoenix & Miami).

Keselowski qualified eighth at a track where he has never had a top-10 finish.

Johnson finished second at Texas in April, a race won by Greg Biffle. Biffle will start on the front row with Johnson.

Australia’s has his third crew chief in his corner this weekend with Drew Blickensderfer replacing Mike Ford during the week; the Aussie will start 15th.

“It’s been a brand new day here with a new crew chief and I think it’s been a really successful day so far,” said Ambrose.

“I missed it there in qualifying a little bit, just didn’t get to the bottom. But we’ll take this as a really good positive step for our team and look forward to the race.”

 RACE LINEUP:  AAA Texas 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

Race 34 of 36

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

MPH

TIME

1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 191.076 28.261
2 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 190.382 -0.103
3 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 190.128 -0.141
4 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 190.067 -0.150
5 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Carlyle Tools by NAPA 189.994 -0.161
6 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot / redbeacon.com 189.760 -0.196
7 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 189.607 -0.219
8 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 189.533 -0.230
9 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 189.474 -0.239
10 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 189.460 -0.241
11 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 189.294 -0.266
12 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 189.274 -0.269
13 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com / Great Clips 188.990 -0.312
14 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 188.976 -0.314
15 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 188.923 -0.322
16 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 188.798 -0.341
17 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 188.626 -0.367
18 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row 188.396 -0.402
19 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 188.357 -0.408
20 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 188.337 -0.411
21 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 188.042 -0.456
22 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 187.996 -0.463
23 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem / Budweiser 187.780 -0.496
24 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 187.565 -0.529
25 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Huggies 187.435 -0.549
26 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 187.389 -0.556
27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 187.350 -0.562
28 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet MaxQworkforce.com 187.266 -0.575
29 Bobby Labonte Toyota Wounded Warrior Project 187.227 -0.581
30 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 186.858 -0.638
31 Scott Speed Ford B&D Electrical / TWD 186.858 -0.638
32 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 186.541 -0.687
33 David Ragan Ford CertainTeed / 31-W Insulation 186.477 -0.697
34 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical / MCM Elegante 186.471 -0.698
35 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 186.413 -0.707
36 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 186.368 -0.714
37 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 186.066 -0.761
38 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 185.867 -0.792
39 Reed Sorenson Toyota Plinker Tactical / MCM Elegante 185.714 -0.816
40 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 184.906 -0.943
41 Landon Cassill+ Toyota Burger King 184.382 -1.026
42 Ken Schrader+ Ford Federated Auto Parts 181.843 -1.435
43 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 185.586 -0.836
DNQ Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 185.103 -0.912
DNQ Kelly Bires Ford United Supermarkets / Randy Hill Racing.com 183.088 -1.233
DNQ David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 176.655 -2.307

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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