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Jimmie Johnson wins Watkins Glen pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, August 07, 2009

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates winning his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole on a road course
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Jimmie Johnson took the pole for the Hellua Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen by turning the fastest lap in qualifying to earn the top spot for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen International. Johnson turned a lap of 123.633 mph to top the 46-car field.

It was the three-time series champion's first career Sprint Cup series road course pole and 20th overall. He started in the number one spot at Watkins Glen back in 2004 when qualifying was rained out and Johnson was the point leader.

"We've made a lot of progress the road courses,” said Johnson. “In Infineon, I had a speeding violation and was able to drive up through all the cars and find myself in fourth. So I think we're making great gains. I'm becoming much more aware of what these cars need on road courses."

Kurt Busch will start outside Johnson on the front row with a lap of 123.619 mph.

Denny Hamlin, Marcos Ambrose and David Stremme rounded out the top five.

Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, defending race winner Kyle Busch, Boris Said and Juan Pablo Montoya and completed the top-10.

Three drivers failed to qualify for the race: Joe Nemechek, Brian Simo and David Gilliland.

Sunday's race scheduled to take the green flag at 2 p.m. (ET).

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 123.633 71.340 Leader
2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 123.619 71.348 -0.008
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 123.093 71.653 -0.313
4 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 123.045 71.681 -0.341
5 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 122.824 71.810 -0.470
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 122.652 71.911 -0.571
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 122.519 71.989 -0.649
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 122.514 71.992 -0.652
9 08 Boris Said Ford U.S. Chrome 122.495 72.003 -0.663
10 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 122.081 72.247 -0.907
11 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 122.039 72.272 -0.932
12 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 121.872 72.371 -1.031
13 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 121.864 72.376 -1.036
14 98 Paul Menard Ford Sylvania / Menards 121.759 72.438 -1.098
15 171 Andy Lally Chevrolet Adobe Road Winery 121.722 72.460 -1.120
16 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO 121.654 72.501 -1.161
17 55 Patrick Carpentier Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 121.509 72.587 -1.247
18 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Stanley Tools 121.427 72.636 -1.296
19 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 121.377 72.666 -1.326
20 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 121.359 72.677 -1.337
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 121.315 72.703 -1.363
22 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 121.284 72.722 -1.382
23 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 121.279 72.725 -1.385
24 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 121.254 72.740 -1.400
25 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 121.247 72.744 -1.404
26 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 121.186 72.781 -1.441
27 96 Bobby Labonte Ford DLP 121.117 72.822 -1.482
28 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald's 121.109 72.827 -1.487
29 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 121.109 72.827 -1.487
30 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 121.071 72.850 -1.510
31 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 121.046 72.865 -1.525
32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 121.009 72.887 -1.547
33 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 120.993 72.897 -1.557
34 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 120.848 72.984 -1.644
35 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 120.839 72.990 -1.650
36 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 120.615 73.125 -1.785
37 09 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 120.581 73.146 -1.806
38 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 120.465 73.216 -1.876
39 204 P.J. Jones Toyota Jim Beam / Menards 120.416 73.246 -1.906
40 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 120.088 73.446 -2.106
41 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 119.900 73.561 -2.221
42 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 119.858 73.587 -2.247
43 37 Tony Ave Dodge Long John Silver's 119.786 73.631 -2.291
Did Not Qualify
44 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 119.770 73.641 -2.301
45 36 Brian Simo Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 118.895 74.183 -2.843
46 170 David Gilliland Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 118.671 74.323 -2.983

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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