Monster Run for Johnson
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on September 24, 2010 | 4:33 P.M. EST
Jimmie Johnson turned a lap of 155.736 mph in qualifying for AAA 400. (Photo: Getty Images)
DOVER, Del. – Jimmie Johnson put last Sunday's New Hampshire disappointment behind him in a hurry and won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Johnson turned a lap of 155.736 mph around the one-mile concrete oval to score the top spot for Sunday's second race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
"Last week was last week," Johnson said of his bad start to the Chase. "We ran a lot better than where we finished and this run today shows how good this team is and that we'll have a fast car here this weekend. It takes more than just a fast car to win here but we think we have a very good shot at doing that on Sunday."
A.J. Allmendinger put his Richard Petty Motorsports Ford outside the front row.
"The confidence that I'm building with my race team is really what's most important right now," Allmendinger said. "Excited about the race and our chances Sunday. This great starting spot is a big benefit."
Mark Martin, who originally qualified third, saw his time disallowed for a shock issue. He will start 42 using owner's points.
That puts Martin Truex Jr. in third with series point leader Denny Hamlin and Juan Pablo Montoya rounding out the top five.
Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards completed the first 10 qualifiers.
While five Chase drivers occupy starting spots inside the top 10, the seven others in the championship race will have to come from further back in the field.
Those include Kyle Busch (11th), Matt Kenseth (14th), Jeff Gordon (15th), Clint Bowyer (24th), Tony Stewart (25th), Jeff Burton (27th) and Kevin Harvick (33rd).
Three drivers failed to qualify for Sunday's race: Ted Musgrave, Josh Wise and Jeff Green.
Sunday's AAA 400 is slated for a 1:15 p.m. ET green flag.