Sep 27 2008

Johnson on the Pole in Kansas

Looks like Johnson is continuing his run toward the Cup title, putting the 48 car on the pole for this week’s race in Kansas, well, actually he qualified second, but Montoya’s pole time as disqualified after his right rear shock was found to have to much air in it. With Kenseth qualifying third, the rest of the chasers did not qualify so well.

With track position the end-all, be-all of today’s Sprint Cup race strategy, there will be some crew chiefs burning the midnight oil trying to get some on Sunday.

Chief among them will be Greg Zipadelli, who will have to guide driver Tony Stewart from the back of the field after the No. 20 Toyota posted the 42nd-fastest lap of 45 cars for Sunday’s Camping World RV 400.

It’s not like the 20 bunch won’t have company back in the lineup, as seven of the 12 Chase drivers occupy starting spots of 25th or worse, including points leader Carl Edwards. They’ll be joined by initial pole winner Juan Montoya, whose quick time was disallowed after his right-rear shock was found to have too much pressure in it. That moves everyone up a spot and Montoya starts 42nd.

Just two of the Chasers made the top 10 in qualifying, Jimmie Johnson and a surprising Matt Kenseth.

It’s not like the 20 bunch won’t have company back in the lineup, as seven of the 12 Chase drivers occupy starting spots of 25th or worse, including points leader Carl Edwards. They’ll be joined by initial pole winner Juan Montoya, whose quick time was disallowed after his right-rear shock was found to have too much pressure in it. That moves everyone up a spot and Montoya starts 42nd.

Just two of the Chasers made the top 10 in qualifying, Jimmie Johnson and a surprising Matt Kenseth. Source: Chasers slow in qualifying for Sunday’s Kansas race

Here are some interesting statistics concerning the Chase for the Cup contenders and how they finish at Kansas:
1. Carl Edwards 34 4 0 1 2 1 17.0
2. Jimmie Johnson 1 6 0 1 4 1 12.0
3. Greg Biffle 18 6 1 3 3 1 11.0
4. Jeff Burton 37 7 0 1 1 1 19.6
5. Kevin Harvick 36 7 0 0 2 1 16.1
6. Clint Bowyer 24 2 0 1 2 0 5.5
7. Tony Stewart 41 7 1 3 5 1 11.1
8. Jeff Gordon 13 7 2 4 5 1 10.6
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11 7 0 0 4 1 17.1
10. Matt Kenseth 3 7 0 1 2 1 22.1
11. Denny Hamlin 30 3 0 0 0 0 26.3
12. Kyle Busch 27 4 0 0 1 1 26.5

Here is how they qualified:
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 172.007 31.394 Leader
2 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 171.767 31.438 -0.044
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 171.668 31.456 -0.062
4 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Garmin 171.527 31.482 -0.088
5 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 171.331 31.518 -0.124
6 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Super Clean / Menards 171.162 31.549 -0.155
7 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 170.989 31.581 -0.187
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170.762 31.623 -0.229
9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 170.762 31.623 -0.229
10 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 170.751 31.625 -0.231
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 170.735 31.628 -0.234
12 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 170.616 31.650 -0.256
13 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 170.508 31.670 -0.276
14 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 170.498 31.672 -0.278
15 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 170.374 31.695 -0.301
16 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 170.256 31.717 -0.323
17 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 170.250 31.718 -0.324
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford Sherwin Williams / 3M 170.186 31.730 -0.336
19 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge LifeLock 170.057 31.754 -0.360
20 147 Marcos Ambrose Ford Little Debbie 170.052 31.755 -0.361
21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 169.705 31.820 -0.426
22 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 169.523 31.854 -0.460
23 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Truck Rental 169.481 31.862 -0.468
24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 169.337 31.889 -0.495
25 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation 169.337 31.889 -0.495
26 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 169.322 31.892 -0.498
27 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 169.253 31.905 -0.511
28 96 Joey Logano Toyota DLP HDTV 169.226 31.910 -0.516
29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 169.157 31.923 -0.529
30 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 169.141 31.926 -0.532
31 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 169.088 31.936 -0.542
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Ford. Drive one. 168.908 31.970 -0.576
33 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Hitachi Power Tools 168.855 31.980 -0.586
34 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 168.808 31.989 -0.595
35 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 168.798 31.991 -0.597
36 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 168.750 32.000 -0.606
37 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 168.455 32.056 -0.662
38 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 168.303 32.085 -0.691
39 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Menards 168.104 32.123 -0.729
40 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 167.937 32.155 -0.761
41 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 167.281 32.281 -0.887
42 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline – - -
43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 168.277 32.090 -0.696

Did Not Qualify
44 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Champion Mortgage 168.245 32.096 -0.702
45 08 Johnny Sauter Dodge FUBAR All Natural Drink 162.906 33.148 -1.754

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