Johnson On Pole At Brickyard

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson won the pole Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, giving him the top starting spot in a race that has consistently vexed him.
Johnson ran a lap at 181.763 mph in his Chevrolet to beat Mark
Martin, who guaranteed in June that he'd win Sunday's race.
Martin's lap was 181.393 in a Chevy.
Ryan Newman qualified third and was followed by Kasey Kahne and
four-time Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon.
Failing to qualify were Bill Elliott, Johnny Sauter, Stanton
Barrett and Tony Raines.
Although Johnson won at the Brickyard in 2006, he's got three
finishes of 36th or worse here and was in a fiery wreck last
season.
NASCAR-Sprint Cup-Allstate 400 Lineup

After Saturday qualifying; race Sunday
At Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis
Lap length: 2.5 miles
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.763 mph.
2. (8) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 181.393.
3. (12) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 180.970.
4. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 180.810.
5. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.545.
6. (19) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 180.397.
7. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 180.343.
8. (26) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 180.321.
9. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 180.209.
10. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 179.917.
11. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 179.863.
12. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 179.759.
13. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 179.698.
14. (20) Tony Stewart, Toyota, 179.480.
15. (10) Patrick Carpentier, Dodge, 179.476.
16. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 179.065.
17. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 178.916.
18. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 178.859.
19. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 178.767.
20. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 178.405.
21. (70) Jason Leffler, Chevrolet, 178.334.
22. (41) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 178.179.
23. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 178.168.
24. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 178.133.
25. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 177.978.
26. (84) AJ Allmendinger, Toyota, 177.932.
27. (43) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 177.887.
28. (28) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 177.788.
29. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 177.599.
30. (00) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 177.592.
31. (5) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 177.522.
32. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 177.431.
33. (44) David Reutimann, Toyota, 177.343.
34. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 177.270.
35. (66) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 177.179.
36. (78) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 177.085.
37. (15) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 176.998.
38. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 176.779.
39. (96) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 176.737.
40. (07) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 174.856.
41. (22) Dave Blaney, Toyota, Owner Points.
42. (01) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, Owner Points.
43. (45) Terry Labonte, Dodge, Past Champion.
Failed to qualify
44. (21) Bill Elliott, Ford, 175.552.
45. (08) Johnny Sauter, Dodge, 173.735.
46. (34) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 173.090.
47. (50) Stanton Barrett, Chevrolet, 172.222..

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