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Johnson blisters Homestead to take pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup finale
Friday, November 20, 2009

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Jimmie Johnson
Don't think Jimmie Johnson came to Homestead to coast to the title. With a blistering qualifying lap, the points leader put his No. 48 on the pole, bumping his only pursuer, Mark Martin, from the P1 position, forcing the field to again play follow the leader.

Johnson earned his 23rd career pole by turning a lap of 173.919 mph in his Lowe's Chevrolet.  It was Johnson's fourth pole of 2009 and second career at the 1.5-mile Homestead track.

Scott Speed surprised the field with a late session run of 172.695 mph to take the outside pole.

Speed equaled his best start of the season. He also qualified second at Chicagoland.

Marcos Ambrose qualified third for his best qualifying effort on an oval in 2009 and the run equaled his best effort since Sonoma.

Mark Martin, who is the only driver that has a mathematical shot of winning the championship, qualified fourth.  Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Bill Elliot and Clint Bowyer completed the first ten qualifiers.

Results

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 173.919 31.049 Leader
2 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 172.695 31.269 -0.220
3 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie Cupcakes / Kingsford / Clorox 172.678 31.272 -0.223
4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg's / Carquest 172.353 31.331 -0.282
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 172.243 31.351 -0.302
6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 172.145 31.369 -0.320
7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army / All-American Bowl 172.035 31.389 -0.340
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 172.024 31.391 -0.342
9 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 171.860 31.421 -0.372
10 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 171.838 31.425 -0.376
11 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 171.838 31.425 -0.376
12 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 171.794 31.433 -0.384
13 44 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Ford. Drive one. 171.750 31.441 -0.392
14 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 171.646 31.460 -0.411
15 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 171.630 31.463 -0.414
16 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 171.576 31.473 -0.424
17 202 David Gilliland Toyota Farm Bureau Insurance 171.461 31.494 -0.445
18 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 171.434 31.499 -0.450
19 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 171.396 31.506 -0.457
20 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 171.336 31.517 -0.468
21 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 171.331 31.518 -0.469
22 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 171.276 31.528 -0.479
23 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 171.162 31.549 -0.500
24 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 170.994 31.580 -0.531
25 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170.967 31.585 -0.536
26 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 170.967 31.585 -0.536
27 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 170.816 31.613 -0.564
28 37 Travis Kvapil Chevrolet Long John Silver's 170.805 31.615 -0.566
29 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 170.794 31.617 -0.568
30 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 170.648 31.644 -0.595
31 96 Erik Darnell Ford Hall of Fame Racing 170.530 31.666 -0.617
32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 170.454 31.680 -0.631
33 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 170.411 31.688 -0.639
34 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 170.379 31.694 -0.645
35 20 Joey Logano* Toyota Home Depot 170.272 31.714 -0.665
36 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards 170.266 31.715 -0.666
37 7 Matt Crafton Toyota Mapei / Menards 169.881 31.787 -0.738
38 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 169.715 31.818 -0.769
39 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 169.353 31.886 -0.837
40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 169.274 31.901 -0.852
41 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 169.072 31.939 -0.890
42 43 Reed Sorenson+ Dodge Siemens 169.003 31.952 -0.903
43 08 Terry Labonte Toyota FanCar Champion's Provisional
DNQ
44 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 170.708 31.633 -0.584
45 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 168.940 31.964 -0.915
46 170 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Adobe Road Winery 168.660 32.017 -0.968
47 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO 168.529 32.042 -0.993
48 09 David Stremme Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming - - -

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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