Jimmie Johnson wins pole position at Kentucky Speedway image

Jimmie Johnson, the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion posted a lap of 181.818 mph during Friday’s qualifying and took the No. 1 spot for Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

He edged Kyle Busch, who turned a lap of 181.421 mph around the 1.5-mile oval.

“Very comfortable lap, very good lap,” said Johnson after winning his first pole since September 2010. “Qualifying has not been our strong suit over the last two years, so very happy to get this pole today.

“I’ve had a lot of seconds and there’s nothing more frustrating than a close second in qualifying but it all went really well and I think we’ve got a great race car in race trim as well.”

Qualifying was delayed for 17 minutes as high winds swept through the track, knocking over several tents in the infield.

The wind almost took the door of the hinges of my motorhome,” said Johnson, adding he thought someone backed into it.
There have been 12 different winners in 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup races so far. Matt Kenseth, who will Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season, leads the points over teammate Greg Biffle (-11) and Earnhardt. (-14).

Kentucky Speedway
Track Size: 1.5 miles

Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 miles

· Banking/Turns: 14 degrees

· Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees

· Banking/Backstretch: 4 degrees

· Frontstretch: 1,662 feet

· Backstretch: 1,600 feet

1. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.818 mph.

2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 181.421.

3. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 181.147.

4. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 180.367.

5. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 180.337.

6. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 180.228.

7. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 180.222.

8. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 180.204.

9. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.036.

10. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 179.964.

11. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 179.754.

12. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 179.509.

13. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 179.336.

14. (51) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 179.206.

15. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 179.075.

16. (22) A J Allmendinger, Dodge, 179.045.

17. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 178.992.

18. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 178.867.

19. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 178.737.

20. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 178.23.

21. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 177.825.

22. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 177.801.

23. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 177.02.

24. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, 176.505.

25. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 176.217.

26. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 175.97.

27. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 175.73.

28. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 175.615.

29. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 175.211.

30. (26) Josh Wise, Ford, 175.08.

31. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 175.063.

32. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 174.757.

33. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 174.695.

34. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 174.402.

35. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 174.402.

36. (23) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 174.345.

37. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 174.272.

38. (10) David Reutimann, Chevrolet, 173.511.

39. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 172.199.

40. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points.

41. (32) Ken Schrader, Ford, Owner Points.

42. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

43. (33) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 173.132.

Failed to Qualify

44. (49) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 172.612.

45. (52) Mike Skinner, Toyota, 171.876.