Jimmie Johnson has won the Coors Light Pole Award for the running of the 55th Annual Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the season. Johnson’s lap time to gain the top spot was 27.705 seconds at 194.911 mph, making this Johnson’s first pole award of the 2014 season.
Johnson has won four poles in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and has won twice from the pole at Charlotte once for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30, 2004 and once for the Bank of America 500 on October 17, 2009. Johnson is no stranger to victory lane at Charlotte with six points’ race victories, which is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for the most all-time wins. Johnson also has four victories for the non-points All-Star Race. Johnson is fifth for the most laps led with 1569 laps.
“It certainly shows that we’re going to be strong this weekend,” said Johnson, who has won NASCAR’s Coca-Cola’s 600 three times. “We know what this team is capable of…we had a great race car today and wanted to take advantage of it. Qualifying days usually aren’t our best. We know when we qualify well we’ll race well.”
Brad Keselowski will start second, Kasey Kahne third, and Danica Patrick will start fourth making this the third straight week to start in the top 10. And Clint Bowyer will start fifth. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose and Dale Earnhardt Jr. round out the top 10 drivers to start. Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth were part of the final 12 for qualifying but both failed to complete a lap during the last segment, leaving both Harvick and Kenseth to start 11th and 12th for NASCAR’s longest race.
The 55th Annual Coca-Cola 600 will begin Sunday, May 25, 2014 with 400 laps making the 600 mile race at the 1.5 mile track in Concord, North Carolina with coverage on Fox, the race will begin at 6:00 P.M. eastern standard time.