Johnson on pole at Pocono again

Johnson on pole at Pocono again

Cup Series

Johnson on pole at Pocono again


Jimmie Johnson claimed a second Pocono pole of the season in qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s return to the “Tricky Triangle.”

Whereas last time a rainout sealed Johnson’s top spot on the grid, this time it was a new record lap of 49.819 seconds and 180.654mph that put the Hendrick Chevrolet a scant 0.004sec ahead of Kyle Busch’s Joe Gibbs Toyota.

The result was a shock to Johnson, who had been over a second slower in practice and also needed two attempts to get through technical inspection due to the toe issue on the left rear.

The championship leader dominated the Cup series’ last visit to Pocono in June. Johnson has already won four times this season and leads the standings by a huge 75 points approaching the Chase cut-off.

Carl Edwards jumped to third late in the qualifying order, demoting Indianapolis winner Ryan Newman to the outside row two spot.

Kurt Busch again impressed with his qualifying pace as he put Furniture Row’s Chevrolet fifth.

Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola completed the top 10, followed by champion Brad Keselowski.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                     Time     Gap 1.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet           49.819s 2.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota             49.823s  +0.004s 3.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford            49.950s  +0.131s 4.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       49.999s  +0.180s 5.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet      50.085s  +0.266s 6.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                  50.111s  +0.292s 7.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford            50.130s  +0.311s 8.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                   50.187s  +0.368s 9.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota             50.239s  +0.420s10.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                   50.253s  +0.434s11.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                  50.297s  +0.478s12.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  50.322s  +0.503s13.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet          50.373s  +0.554s14.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet          50.418s  +0.599s15.  AJ Allmendinger     Phoenix Chevrolet            50.420s  +0.601s16.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota               50.446s  +0.627s17.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford            50.487s  +0.668s18.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet           50.488s  +0.669s19.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  50.546s  +0.727s20.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       50.553s  +0.734s21.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet          50.567s  +0.748s22.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet           50.659s  +0.840s23.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                    50.678s  +0.859s24.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota             50.702s  +0.883s25.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet           50.721s  +0.902s26.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota               50.779s  +0.960s27.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                 50.784s  +0.965s28.  Mark Martin         Waltrip Toyota               50.850s  +1.031s29.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                 50.864s  +1.045s30.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford               50.894s  +1.075s31.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota                  50.899s  +1.080s32.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet            51.059s  +1.240s33.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota         51.108s  +1.289s34.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       51.177s  +1.358s35.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                    51.211s  +1.392s36.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet            51.376s  +1.557s37.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford               51.415s  +1.596s38.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet       51.462s  +1.643s39.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                 51.696s  +1.877s40.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford               51.815s  +1.996s41.  Timmy Hill          FAS Lane Ford                52.305s  +2.486s42.  Alex Kennedy        Humphrey Smith Toyota        53.286s  +3.467s43.  Tony Raines         Circle Sport Chevrolet       53.960s  +4.141s