Jimmie Johnson jumped to the top of the pack with an impressive performance on Friday in Busch Pole qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson, a seven-time Texas winner, scored a final round of 188,890 mph on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth circuit. His No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will start in Sunday's O & # 39; Reilly Auto Parts 500 (15.00 ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the seventh of 36 points scoring points this season.
Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the first two laps of the three-lap qualifying campaign, supporting his speed on Friday at the opening race. The pole position is his first in the season, his second in Texas and the 36th of his career in the Monster Energy Series.
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"It's been a long time, and we still have a way to go, and the race day is certainly more important than Friday," Johnson said. "But we work so hard, and I think we're a bit guilty if we've tried too hard and sometimes come out of our comfort zone and put setups under the car that have not been proven yet."
"With all I've come here very aggressively, changed a few things in our one-and-a-half year program and the whole day at the top of the charts and a great start for his Ally team, I'm just so proud that everyone keeps their faith and works hard. "
Hendrick teammate William Byron # 24 Chevrolet will ride alongside Johnson in the Sunday event after making the second fastest lap at 1
The 10-m Bowman was uninjured, but his crew of Hendrick Motorsports put out a Reserve No. 88 Chevrolet for the remainder of the weekend.
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Ryan Blaney (qualified 13th), winner of the Kyle Busch race (16th), Martin Truex Jr. (20th), Kyle Larson 22nd) and Kevin Harvick (23rd) were among the top names who did not reach the 12-driver final round. Clint Bowyer (25th place qualifier) and Kurt Busch (30th) were among the top riders who failed to qualify for the first of three qualifying rounds. Bowyer pleaded with the NASCAR official in his case that his way to a qualifying attempt was hampered by the car of Ryan Newman, but he had no leeway.
Three riders did not allow lap times in the opening lap due to penalty laps for speeding: Landon Cassill, Timmy Hill and Paul Menard.
This story is being updated.