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September 7, 2007

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RICHMOND, VA. –Jimmie Johnson, won the spring race at the 0.75-mile Richmond track. On Friday evening, he won the Budweiser Pole Award for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 with a fast lap of 126.298 mph.

The Bud Pole Award is Johnson's first of the 2007 season, which puts him into the Budweiser Shootout At Daytona in February.

"I figured out how to drive this track when we were here in May and we ended up winning the race," Johnson said. "I felt like we'd be in the top five in qualifying today, but, in general, qualifying is not our strong suit. I got aggressive, the car stuck, and I put up a lap that was a couple of tenths better than the rest of the field to that point. I hit my mark, and now we'll see what happens for 400 laps tomorrow night."

Hendrick Motorsports took the first three positions during Friday's qualifying session. Jeff Gordon, a five-time pole winner at Richmond, qualified second with a lap of 126.342 mph, followed by Kyle Busch.

Ryan Newman qualified fifth, followed by Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, David Ragan, Elliott Sadler and Bobby Labonte.

"Hendrick Motorsports has been very strong at this track with the Car of Tomorrow, and, obviously, by finishing 1-2-3 in qualifying, it showed again," Gordon said. "I'm happy and excited about the fact that we're starting second. I felt like I left something out there. We lost 10 points to Jimmie in The Chase last week, and we'd like to get that back this weekend."

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 126.298 21.378 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 125.342 21.541 -0.163
3 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 125.331 21.543 -0.165
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 125.249 21.557 -0.179
5 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 125.087 21.585 -0.207
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 125.017 21.597 -0.219
7 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 124.931 21.612 -0.234
8 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA 124.902 21.617 -0.239
9 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 124.740 21.645 -0.267
10 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / B. Labonte's 500th Career Start 124.711 21.650 -0.272
11 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 124.700 21.652 -0.274
12 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 124.654 21.660 -0.282
13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 124.642 21.662 -0.284
14 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 124.614 21.667 -0.289
15 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 124.573 21.674 -0.296
16 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 124.498 21.687 -0.309
17 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 124.412 21.702 -0.324
18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 124.372 21.709 -0.331
19 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 124.315 21.719 -0.341
20 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 124.309 21.720 -0.342
21 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Elvis Presley / Budweiser 124.309 21.720 -0.342
22 88 Kenny Wallace Ford Snickers 124.155 21.747 -0.369
23 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 124.104 21.756 -0.378
24 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 124.047 21.766 -0.388
25 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 124.018 21.771 -0.393
26 40 David Stremme Dodge Energizer e2 Lithium 123.984 21.777 -0.399
27 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 123.984 21.777 -0.399
28 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 123.944 21.784 -0.406
29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 123.938 21.785 -0.407
30 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 123.808 21.808 -0.430
31 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 123.796 21.810 -0.432
32 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 123.694 21.828 -0.450
33 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 123.626 21.840 -0.462
34 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 123.564 21.851 -0.473
35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Radioactive Energy Drink / Yellow 123.496 21.863 -0.485
36 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 123.429 21.875 -0.497
37 16 Greg Biffle Ford VoomHD.com / Dish Network 123.338 21.891 -0.513
38 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet PEAK / Menards 123.327 21.893 -0.515
39 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam Black 123.220 21.912 -0.534
40 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 123.164 21.922 -0.544
41 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M's 122.968 21.957 -0.579
42 21 Bill Elliott+ Ford U.S. Air Force 121.940 22.142 -0.764
43 49 John Andretti Dodge LifeLock 123.108 21.932 -0.554
Did Not Qualify
44 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 122.900 21.969 -0.591
45 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 122.244 22.087 -0.709
46 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Miccosukee Indian Gaming / State Water Heaters 122.089 22.115 -0.737
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 121.770 22.173 -0.795

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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