CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson has a history of dominance
at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but had never started from the pole in
the All-Star race.
After a speedy, mistake-free performance on Friday, the
decorated driver can check off that accomplishment, too.
The three-time defending Sprint Cup points champion won five of
six points races here from 2003-05. He's in position to return to
the top spot after being the star of the unusual qualifying format.
Teams had to go three laps and make a four-tire pit stop without
speeding down pit road or leaving loose lug nuts.
Time penalties for those infractions cost several drivers, but
not Johnson. He finished in 2 minutes, 1.416 seconds.
Kurt Busch will start second Saturday night.