Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 194.911 mph (27.705 seconds). Johnson bested Brad Keselowski on Thursday night in the final round of knock-out qualifying; Keselowski starts on the outside pole after a lap of 194.567 mph (27.754 seconds).
Kasey Kahne starts third after a lap of 193.618 mph (27.890 seconds), while Danica Patrick earned her third straight top 10 qualifying position and starts fourth after a lap of 193.334 mph (27.931 seconds). Clint Bowyer (193.244 mph/27.944 seconds) and Denny Hamlin (193.119 mph/27.962 seconds) make up Row Three. Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth complete the top 12.
Kurt Busch, who is racing in both the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 on Sunday, qualified 28th at Charlotte; due to time constraints, Busch will start at the back of the pack for the 600 because he will miss the drivers’ meeting.
The Coca Cola 600 goes green at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Nationwide Series qualifies Saturday morning at 10:40 a.m. ET, with the History 300 going green at 2:45 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com.
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