Jimmie Johnson Takes the Pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
After afternoon showers at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest time and claimed the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Qualifying for the all-star race consists of three laps around the speedway, including a four-tire pit stop. His total time of 121.416 seconds was fast enough to hold off Kurt Busch, who will start on the outside of the front row. This was Johnson's first pole in eight NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races. He has two wins in this race, in 2003 and 2006.
"Tonight's a lot about bragging rights," Johnson said, "And I think with track position as important as it's going to be in the race, to be where we are is a great situation and we focused on it hard today and executed on all fronts."
Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Showdown was cancelled due to the inclement weather. The starting lineup will be based on the draw for qualifying order. Kirk Shelmerdine and Carl Long were to start on the front row, but both will have to move to the rear of the field. David Stremme and Dave Blaney will move up to the front row.