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Friday 23rd May, 2014 - 11:46am

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Johnson scores his first pole of 2014

Johnson scores his first pole of 2014

Six-Time champion Jimmie Johnson has scored pole position for the longest race in NASCAR, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award in the only Thursday’s qualifying session of the season and was held during the evening.

It is Johnson’s first pole of the season and his fourth at the track.

Incredibly Johnson is still to win a race this season and that will be mandatory if he is to fight for the championship under the rules where only race winners qualify for ‘The Chase.’

“It certainly shows that we’re going to be strong this weekend,” Johnson said.

“I don’t know that it sends the same message that winning two or three races will send. But I would love to rattle off two or three wins and have people fear the No. 48 as they have in the past. I don’t think a pole position does that to the garage area, but you have to start somewhere.”

Lining up second on Sunday will be Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski.

At the end of the second round, Danica Patrick was fastest, but after the third round she finished fourth and will line up next to Kasey Kahne. Clint Bowyer rounds out the starting top five.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will have a strong starting spot from ninth.

“That was pretty good. We’re a real race team,” said Ambrose.

“We had a tough practice and made some big changes to the car and showed our strength today by getting to the last qualifying group. I wanted to be high on the grid, but I’ll take it.

“If you told me I was gonna start top-10 I would have taken it before the session started, so I’m pretty pleased. We have a great shot at it on Sunday night and I’m looking forward to it.”

Kurt Busch, who will be doing the double with the Indianapolis 500, qualified 28th. However, he will start off the back as he will not be able to attend the driver’s meeting prior to the race as he will still be returning from Indy.

The Coca-Cola 600 will be run mid-morning Australian Eastern Time.

VIDEO: Jimmie Johnson on pole for Coke 600

 

QUALIFYING: Coca-Cola 600 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

POS Car # Driver Make Sponsor MPH Best Time Behind
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Patriotic 194.911 27.705 Leader
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 194.567 27.754 –0.049
3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance/Thankamillionteachers.com 193.618 27.890 –0.185
4 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 193.334 27.931 –0.226
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Cherry 5-Hour ENERGY for Special Ops Warrior Foundation 193.244 27.944 –0.239
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 193.119 27.962 –0.257
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 193.092 27.966 –0.261
8 22 Joey Logano Ford Pennzoil Platinum 192.472 28.056 –0.351
9 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Twisted Tea 191.673 28.173 –0.468
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard/Superman 191.272 28.232 –0.527
11 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 193.959 27.841 –0.136
12 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Home Depot Husky 192.898 27.994 –0.289
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford United States Air Force 192.692 28.024 –0.319
14 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 192.486 28.054 –0.349
15 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 192.438 28.061 –0.356
16 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 192.027 28.121 –0.416
17 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Hendrickcars.com 191.945 28.133 –0.428
18 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops-Mobil 1 Chevrolet 191.925 28.136 –0.431
19 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet Shore Lodge 191.884 28.142 –0.437
20 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Bush Beans 191.829 28.150 –0.445
21 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Serta / Menards 191.707 28.168 –0.463
22 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 189.980 28.424 –0.719
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal 189.208 28.540 –0.835
24 16 Greg Biffle Ford Fastenal 184.344 29.293 –1.588
25 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 190.840 28.296 –0.591
26 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 190.255 28.383 –0.678
27 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 189.673 28.470 –0.765
28 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation Made in America 189.553 28.488 –0.783
29 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 189.514 28.494 –0.789
30 95 Michael McDowell Ford JPO Absorbents 189.148 28.549 –0.844
31 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Speed Stick Toyota Camry 189.115 28.554 –0.849
32 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Cheerios 189.062 28.562 –0.857
33 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 188.732 28.612 –0.907
34 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 188.534 28.642 –0.937
35 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 188.455 28.654 –0.949
36 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota 188.422 28.659 –0.954
37 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 188.258 28.684 –0.979
38 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Testoril 187.963 28.729 –1.024
39 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 187.806 28.753 –1.048
40 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Hillman Racing 187.559 28.791 –1.086
41 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 187.207 28.845 –1.140
42 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 186.890 28.894 –1.189
43 32 Blake Koch Ford SupportMilitary.org 185.931 29.043 –1.338

 

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