Jimmie Johnson scores Martinsville pole

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson will start Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville from pole position after emerging fastest from a typically tight qualifying session at the Virginia short track.

Johnson’s 19.40s lap proved 0.013s quicker than that turned by Michael Waltrip Racing part-timer Brian Vickers.

The pole position is the 28th of Johnson’s Sprint Cup career and his third of the 2012 season.

Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton make up the second row ahead of title contender Denny Hamlin and last week’s winner Matt Kenseth.

Brad Keselowski, who holds a seven point lead over Johnson with four races remaining, had a difficult run and will start just 32nd.

Australian Marcos Ambrose also struggled and will start one place behind the Penske Dodge driver.

“We just didn’t have much that lap,” commented Ambrose. “We were a little tight in the middle and loose off the corners.”

Mike Bliss and J.J. Yeley both failed to qualify for the 43 car field.

See below for the full qualifying result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED

TIME

BEHIND

1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 97.598 19.402 Leader
2 Brian Vickers Toyota MyClassicGarage.com 97.533 19.415 -0.013
3 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Halloween 97.427 19.436 -0.034
4 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Odyssey / EnerSys 97.392 19.443 -0.041
5 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 97.382 19.445 -0.043
6 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 97.272 19.467 -0.065
7 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 97.257 19.470 -0.068
8 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy Benefiting Avon 97.247 19.472 -0.070
9 Paul Menard Chevrolet Zecol / Menards 97.158 19.490 -0.088
10 Aric Almirola Ford Gwaltney 97.108 19.500 -0.098
11 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Max 96.968 19.528 -0.126
12 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 96.964 19.529 -0.127
13 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem “Chasing the Cure” 96.959 19.530 -0.128
14 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot / redbeacon.com 96.904 19.541 -0.139
15 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 96.869 19.548 -0.146
16 David Ragan Ford Where’s Waldo 96.840 19.554 -0.152
17 Bobby Labonte Toyota Pine Sol 96.835 19.555 -0.153
18 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 96.835 19.555 -0.153
19 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 96.751 19.572 -0.170
20 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 96.716 19.579 -0.177
21 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 96.706 19.581 -0.179
22 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 96.681 19.586 -0.184
23 Carl Edwards Ford Geek Squad 96.652 19.592 -0.190
24 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 96.578 19.607 -0.205
25 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 96.533 19.616 -0.214
26 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 96.391 19.645 -0.243
27 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 96.273 19.669 -0.267
28 Ken Schrader Ford Southern Pride Trucking / U.S. Chrome 96.156 19.693 -0.291
29 David Reutimann Chevrolet @TMone Drive Sales Fast 96.141 19.696 -0.294
30 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 96.112 19.702 -0.300
31 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 96.063 19.712 -0.310
32 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 96.015 19.722 -0.320
33 Marcos Ambrose Ford Black & Decker 95.985 19.728 -0.326
34 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 95.976 19.730 -0.328
35 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 95.922 19.741 -0.339
36 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 95.922 19.741 -0.339
37 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Mohawk Northeast / TMone Call Center 95.811 19.764 -0.362
38 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 95.675 19.792 -0.390
39 Reed Sorenson Toyota Plinker Tactical 95.574 19.813 -0.411
40 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 95.545 19.819 -0.417
41 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 95.540 19.820 -0.418
42 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 95.204 19.890 -0.488
43 Scott Speed Ford Jordan Truck Sales 94.898 19.954 -0.552
44 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 94.609 20.015 -0.613
45 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet MaxQworkforce.com 94.609 20.015 -0.613

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