Sep 21 2007

Jimmie Johnson Nails Dover Pole

Jimmie Johnson claims Dover pole
That 48 machine is still rolling with Jimmie Johnson grabbing the pole late in Dover, almost 1mph faster than the 2nd place qualifier, Juan Montoya, and landing that all important first pit stall. Half of the 12 Chase for the Cup drivers are in the top 10, as usual, while Gordon and Stewart are starting 27th and 28th. Here is how the 12 cuppers qualified:

1. Jimmie Johnson 154.766
3. Denny Hamlin 153.570
4. Kurt Busch 153.518
5. Martin Truex Jr. 153.211
7. Kevin Harvick 152.879
10. Matt Kenseth 152.362
15. Carl Edwards 151.796
22. Kyle Busch 151.477
27. Jeff Gordon 151.178
28. Tony Stewart 151.172
36. Jeff Burton 150.420
42. Clint Bowyer 148.038

Clint Bowyer followed up the win with a disappointing qualifying run, which could show how important it is to be consistent in Nascar, up and down every week does not a champion make. Sam Hornish Jr, still hoping to make his first Nascar start, did not make this race, his second failed attempt in a row.

Here is something interesting, if you are really into Nascar and trying to predict the winners and other such things, here is how the 12 drivers in the cup finished in the last Dover race:

1 1 Martin Truex Jr.
3 99 Carl Edwards
4 11 Denny Hamlin
5 17 Matt Kenseth
8 15 07 Clint Bowyer
9 24 Jeff Gordon
12 31 Jeff Burton
15 48 Jimmie Johnson
17 5 Kyle Busch
20 29 Kevin Harvick
40 20 Tony Stewart
42 2 Kurt Busch

So, in the last Dover race, every cup driver ran well, with Truex winning it and Edwards coming in third, everyone except for Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch, and we all remember why right? If you don’t, Kurt Busch came close to hitting a crew member on Tony’s 20 team when he slid into the side of Tony’s car, because of the on track racing where neither was giving the other room. Here is a video with Tony’s side and one with Kurt’s side. Personally, I think Kurt should’ve set out a week, but Nascar declined on sending a message, probably because of Penske, Miller Lite and a “big” star like Kurt Busch.

Johnson leads the points standings heading into the second race of NASCAR’s Chase for the Nextel Cup championship. He hasn’t started worse than ninth in any of the last eight races.

“It’s tough to say how important track position is going to be,” Johnson said. “The thing I’m most excited about is having the first pit stall.”

Johnson and Jeff Gordon both have 5,210 points, but Johnson’s series-high six victories give him the edge. Gordon has four. Source: Johnson steals Dover pole from Montoya in late run

Here is how they qualified:

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 154.766 23.261 Leader
2 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 153.833 23.402 -0.141
3 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Ground 153.570 23.442 -0.181
4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 153.518 23.450 -0.189
5 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 153.211 23.497 -0.236
6 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 152.931 23.540 -0.279
7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 152.879 23.548 -0.287
8 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 152.439 23.616 -0.355
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford Nintendo Wii 152.413 23.620 -0.359
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT NANO Technology 152.362 23.628 -0.367
11 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 152.362 23.628 -0.367
12 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 152.284 23.640 -0.379
13 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Domino’s Pizza 152.066 23.674 -0.413
14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 152.008 23.683 -0.422
15 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 151.796 23.716 -0.455
16 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 151.771 23.720 -0.459
17 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 151.713 23.729 -0.468
18 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 151.694 23.732 -0.471
19 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 151.668 23.736 -0.475
20 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 151.643 23.740 -0.479
21 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 151.515 23.760 -0.499
22 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 151.477 23.766 -0.505
23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 151.464 23.768 -0.507
24 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 151.407 23.777 -0.516
25 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 151.381 23.781 -0.520
26 21 Ken Schrader Ford U.S. Air Force 151.197 23.810 -0.549
27 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 151.178 23.813 -0.552
28 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 151.172 23.814 -0.553
29 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 151.051 23.833 -0.572
30 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 151.013 23.839 -0.578
31 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 150.912 23.855 -0.594
32 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 150.880 23.860 -0.599
33 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 150.880 23.860 -0.599
34 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Comcast 150.804 23.872 -0.611
35 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA 150.628 23.900 -0.639
36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 150.420 23.933 -0.672
37 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 149.782 24.035 -0.774
38 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 149.564 24.070 -0.809
39 88 Kenny Wallace+ Ford Snickers 149.068 24.150 -0.889
40 40 David Stremme+ Dodge Halo 3 / Target 148.926 24.173 -0.912
41 7 Robby Gordon+ Ford Jim Beam Black 148.173 24.296 -1.035
42 07 Clint Bowyer+ Chevrolet DIRECTV 148.038 24.318 -1.057
43 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 150.344 23.945 -0.684

Did Not Qualify
44 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 149.856 24.023 -0.762
45 33 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn 149.782 24.035 -0.774
46 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Truck Rental 149.545 24.073 -0.812
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 149.489 24.082 -0.821
48 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 149.025 24.157 -0.896
49 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 148.503 24.242 -0.981

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