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Johnson Wins Pole At Texas

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 2 2012

Jimmie Johnson on pole in Fort Worth. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

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Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 with a lap around Texas Motor Speedway in 28.261 seconds.

Johnson edged Greg Biffle (190.382 mph) by .103 seconds.

The pole was Johnson’s first at the 1.5-mile track, his fourth of the season and the 29th of his career. The 20th driver to make a qualifying attempt, Johnson picked up three-quarters of a second from practice earlier in the day.

Kyle Busch (190.127 mph) qualified third, followed by Clint Bowyer (190.067 mph) and Truex (189.994 mph). Brad Keselowski, who trails Johnson by two points with three races left, claimed the eighth starting spot, his best effort in time trials in the Chase so far.

“It feels like a pole,” said Keselowski, who had qualified 22nd, 20th, 25th and 32nd in the previous four races. “It may not be a pole, but it feels like a pole to us. Our car has had a ton of speed since we’ve been here, in race trim, but qualifying trim has been our weakness all year.

“So I think that bodes very well for us come Sunday.”

Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet wasn’t up to speed when practice started, but the car improved as the session progressed.

“We didn’t unload like we wanted to, and the track was so fast the first 15 minutes that we missed an opportunity to really post a time,” Johnson said. “But as practice wore on, we improved the car, and the pace slowed up a lot, so we felt like we were in contention.

“But I think it surprised us all a little bit to lay one down like that.”

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 2 2012
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