Johnson sets record time to score Pocono pole

Jimmie Johnson fastest of all at Pocono qualifying

Jimmie Johnson fastest of all at Pocono qualifying

After dominating the previous visit to Pocono in June, Jimmie Johnson has once again put a line in the sand with a new track record in qualifying for the GoBowling.com 400.

The Sprint Cup points leader set a lap speed of 290.735 km/h (180.654 mph) as the top six drivers broke the track qualifying record.

The five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, Johnson, has three wins at Pocono and today’s pole is the 31st of his career.

“The lap was awesome. I knew it was going to be fast,” said Johnson.

“We had a very fast racecar in the spring, so hopefully we can do it again.”

Johnson, who has four wins this season, led 128 of the 160 laps at the June race at Pocono and leads the standings by 75 points over Clint Bowyer.

Just outside the record breakers was Australia’s Marcos Ambrose who will start from eighth.

“I felt like I left it all out there,” said Ambrose.

“We were going for the top spot all the way, but we’ll still take an eighth-place starting spot with our Stanley Ford. Aric was fast too, so we feel good about getting both RPM cars in the top-10. We’ll focus on the race now.”

 

 STARTING LINE-UP: GoBowling.com 400 – Pocono

POS 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Time

1

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s Planes 180.654 49.819

2

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s Peanut Butter 180.639 -0.004

3

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal 180.180 -0.131

4

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Haas Automation 30th Anniversary 180.004 -0.180

5

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing-Denver Mattress 179.695 -0.266

6

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 179.601 -0.292

7

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M 179.533 -0.311

8

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 179.329 -0.368

9

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Office 179.144 -0.420

10

Aric Almirola 43 Ford GoBowling.com 179.094 -0.434

11

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Redd’s Apple Ale 178.937 -0.478

12

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet CESSNA 178.848 -0.503

13

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet FXI GutterClear365 178.667 -0.554

14

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 178.508 -0.599

15

AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services Inc. 178.501 -0.601

16

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota Toyota Let’s Go Places 178.409 -0.627

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Zest 178.264 -0.668

18

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 178.260 -0.669

19

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 178.056 -0.727

20

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 178.031 -0.734

21

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Tarkett 177.982 -0.748

22

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 177.658 -0.840

23

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 177.592 -0.859

24

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota The Home Depot / Husky 177.508 -0.883

25

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard Youth Foundation 177.441 -0.902

26

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 177.239 -0.960

27

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 177.221 -0.965

28

Mark Martin 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 176.991 -1.031

29

Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 176.942 -1.045

30

David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell 176.838 -1.075

31

David Stremme 30 Toyota Widow Wax 176.821 -1.080

32

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet TBA 176.267 -1.240

33

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Scott Products 176.098 -1.289

34

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 175.860 -1.358

35

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 175.743 -1.392

36

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet TBA 175.179 -1.557

37

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 175.046 -1.596

38

Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet Interstate Moving Services 174.886 -1.643

39

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA 174.095 -1.877

40

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 173.695 -1.996

41

Timmy Hill 32 Ford OXY Water 172.068 -2.486

42

Alex Kennedy 19 Toyota Plinker Tactical/Hampton Inn Lehighton 168.900 -3.467

43

Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet LittleJoe’sAuto.com 166.790 -4.141

 

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