Keeping Pace

Johnson earns NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole at Watkins Glen

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates winning his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole on a road course Friday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)  (Elsa Elsa / The Spokesman-Review)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates winning his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole on a road course Friday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images) (Elsa Elsa / The Spokesman-Review)

Jimmie Johnson picked up his 20th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole award in his 277th start on the circuit.

Provided by NASCAR

Qualifying Fast Facts
Watkins Glen International
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (23rd Running)

Coors Light Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Age: 33
Team : No. 48 - Lowe's Chevrolet
Owner: Jeff Gordon
Crew Chief: Chad Knaus
Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (23rd Running) with a lap of 71.340 seconds, 123.633 mph.


This is his 20th pole in 277 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and 17th top-10 start in 2009.
This is his first pole in eight races at Watkins Glen International.

Kurt Busch (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2009 and his sixth in nine races at Watkins Glen International.


Denny Hamlin (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Watkins Glen International.  It is his 10th in 22 races this season.

 Max Papis (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

Starting Line Up by Row
Watkins Glen International
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (23rd Running)
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, August 07, 2009 @ 05:30 PM Eastern
Driver Date Time Speed
Track Race Record: Mark Martin 08/13/95 02:11:54 103.03
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
Row 1: 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 71.340 123.633
2 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 71.348 123.619
Row 2: 3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 71.653 123.093
4 47 Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota 71.681 123.045
Row 3: 5 12 David Stremme No. 12 Penske Dodge Dodge 71.810 122.824
6 39 Ryan Newman U.S. ARMY Chevrolet 71.911 122.652
Row 4: 7 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 71.989 122.519
8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 71.992 122.514
Row 5: 9 08 Boris Said U.S. Chrome Ford 72.003 122.495
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 72.247 122.081
Row 6: 11 07 Casey Mears Jack Daniel's Chevrolet 72.272 122.039
12 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge 72.371 121.872
Row 7: 13 14 Tony Stewart Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet 72.376 121.864
14 98 Paul Menard Sylvania/Menards Ford 72.438 121.759
Row 8: 15 71 Andy Lally Adobe Road Winery Chevrolet 72.460 121.722
16 13 Max Papis # GEICO Toyota 72.501 121.653
Row 9: 17 55 Patrick Carpentier NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 72.587 121.509
18 44 A J Allmendinger Stanley Tools Dodge 72.636 121.427
Row 10: 19 19 Elliott Sadler Best Buy Dodge 72.666 121.377
20 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 72.677 121.359
Row 11: 21 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet 72.703 121.315
22 7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Toyota 72.722 121.284
Row 12: 23 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 72.725 121.279
24 26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford 72.740 121.254
Row 13: 25 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 72.744 121.247
26 82 Scott Speed # Red Bull Toyota 72.781 121.185
Row 14: 27 96 Bobby Labonte DLP Ford 72.822 121.117
28 5 Mark Martin CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet 72.827 121.109
Row 15: 29 43 Reed Sorenson McDonald's Dodge 72.827 121.109
30 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 72.850 121.071
Row 16: 31 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 72.865 121.046
32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet 72.887 121.009
Row 17: 33 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 72.897 120.993
34 34 John Andretti Taco Bell Chevrolet 72.984 120.848
Row 18: 35 20 Joey Logano # The Home Depot Toyota 72.990 120.838
36 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge 73.125 120.615
Row 19: 37 09 Ron Fellows Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort 73.146 120.581
38 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 73.216 120.465
Row 20: 39 04 P. J. Jones Jim Beam/Menards Toyota 73.246 120.416
40 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 73.446 120.088
Row 21: 41 66 Dave Blaney PRISM Motorsports Toyota 73.561 119.900
42 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 73.587 119.858
Row 22: 43 37 Tony Ave Long John Silver's Dodge 73.631 119.787




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