Johnson Quick In Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jimmie Johnson looked headed to a victory in last year's NEXTEL Cup visit to Kansas Speedway until a series of weird late-race turn of events thwarted his effort.

Johnson will try to make amends for that in this year's LifeLock 400 and got things off to a good start in Friday's qualifying session.

Johnson turned a lap of 175.063 mph in his Lowe's Chevrolet to earn the top spot for Sunday's third race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

It was Johnson's third Bud Pole of the season and second straight after earning the top spot last week in Dover.

"I was really unhappy with my lap," Johnson said. "I thought we were in big trouble. One, I didn't think we had run that fast, then when I heard the time I didn't think we'd stay there."

I maybe I am glad that it didn't drive well. I would have been 30th or something like that."

Ryan Newman had qualified outside the front row in the ALLTEL Dodge, but the car was found to be too low in post-qualifying inspection. Newman will start 42nd in Sunday's race.

The top five was rounded out by Matt Kenseth, Scott Riggs, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin.

“It was really good," Kenseth said of his lap. "Anytime we can qualify better than 23rd it’s really great. So, I feel good about starting up in the top five. We qualified well and we ran well last week, so I feel good about our efforts today. That was real good for us."

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. and Clint Bowyer completed the first ten qualifiers.

Four drivers failed to qualify for Sunday's race: A.J. Allmendinger, Ward Burton, Brian Vickers and Jon Wood.

Sunday's LifeLock 400 will take the green flag at 2 p.m. ET.

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