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Cup: Chicago - Qualifying times

Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson starts his 2012 Chase campaign in rude health, claiming pole position for Sunday afternoon's GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson clinched pole position for the GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway tri-oval, the first race of the 2012 Chase for the championship title.

It's Johnson's 27th pole in 390 starts, and his second of this year. His lap of 29.530s (182.865mph) was 0.037s faster than non-Chase contender Aric Almirola who will start alongside Johnson on the front row for Sunday afternoon's race. Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed the second row, while Scott Riggs, Reed Sorenson, JJ Yeley and Jason Leffler all failed to make the 43-car grid.

Martin Truex Jr. had set the fastest time in the first practice on Friday with a lap of 29.709s (181.763 mph) and Kyle Busch was fastest in the later session with a lap of 29.751s (181.507 mph) just 0.048s faster than Almirola.

The Nationwide Series is also racing at Chicago this weekend, with the race taking place later on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile the Truck Series competitors are over at Iowa Speedway for their own Saturday night outing under the floodlights on the 0.875-mile oval.

Qualifying times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.530s (Leader) 182.865mph
2. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.567s (-0.037) 182.636mph
3. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.616s (-0.086) 182.334mph
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.659s (-0.129) 182.070mph
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.663s (-0.133) 182.045mph
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.675s (-0.145) 181.971mph
7. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.678s (-0.148) 181.953mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.682s (-0.152) 181.928mph
9. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.694s (-0.164) 181.855mph
10. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.731s (-0.201) 181.629mph
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.733s (-0.203) 181.616mph
12. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.748s (-0.218) 181.525mph
13. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.751s (-0.221) 181.507mph
14. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.776s (-0.246) 181.354mph
15. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 29.792s (-0.262) 181.257mph
16. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 29.793s (-0.263) 181.251mph
17. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.826s (-0.296) 181.050mph
18. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.836s (-0.306) 180.989mph
19. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.855s (-0.325) 180.874mph
20. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.879s (-0.349) 180.729mph
21. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.883s (-0.353) 180.705mph
22. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.913s (-0.383) 180.523mph
23. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.923s (-0.393) 180.463mph
24. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.954s (-0.424) 180.276mph
25. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.965s (-0.435) 180.210mph
26. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.980s (-0.450) 180.120mph
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.992s (-0.462) 180.048mph
28. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 30.010s (-0.480) 179.940mph
29. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 30.018s (-0.488) 179.892mph
30. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 30.055s (-0.525) 179.671mph
31. #30 David Stremme Toyota 30.071s (-0.541) 179.575mph
32. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.072s (-0.542) 179.569mph
33. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.077s (-0.547) 179.539mph
34. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 30.078s (-0.548) 179.533mph
35. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 30.091s (-0.561) 179.456mph
36. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 30.094s (-0.564) 179.438mph
37. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.123s (-0.593) 179.265mph
38. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.170s (-0.640) 178.986mph
39. #32 T.J. Bell+ Ford 30.508s (-0.978) 177.003mph
40. #38 David Gilliland+ Ford 30.560s (-1.030) 176.702mph
41. #10 Danica Patrick+ Chevrolet 30.649s (-1.119) 176.189mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet 30.676s (-1.146) 176.033mph
43. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 30.140s (-0.610) 179.164mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 30.291s (-0.761) 178.271mph
45. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 30.343s (-0.813) 177.965mph
46. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 30.347s (-0.817) 177.942mph
47. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 30.386s (-0.856) 177.713mph

+ Set by Owner Points

Practice 2 times

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.751s (Leader) 181.507 mph
2. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.799s (-0.048) 181.214 mph
3. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 29.814s (-0.063) 181.123 mph
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.826s (-0.075) 181.050 mph
5. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.834s (-0.083) 181.001 mph
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.836s (-0.085) 180.989 mph
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.841s (-0.090) 180.959 mph
8. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.850s (-0.099) 180.904 mph
9. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.850s (-0.099) 180.904 mph
10. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.866s (-0.115) 180.808 mph
11. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.890s (-0.139) 180.662 mph
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.903s (-0.152) 180.584 mph
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.913s (-0.162) 180.523 mph
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.922s (-0.171) 180.469 mph
15. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.927s (-0.176) 180.439 mph
16. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.997s (-0.246) 180.018 mph
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 30.062s (-0.311) 179.629 mph
18. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 30.075s (-0.324) 179.551 mph
19. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 30.165s (-0.414) 179.015 mph
20. #13 Casey Mears Ford 30.207s (-0.456) 178.766 mph
21. #195 Scott Speed Ford 30.249s (-0.498) 178.518 mph
22. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30.279s (-0.528) 178.341 mph
23. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 30.281s (-0.530) 178.330 mph
24. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 30.296s (-0.545) 178.241 mph
25. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 30.307s (-0.556) 178.177 mph
26. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.307s (-0.556) 178.177 mph
27. #30 David Stremme Toyota 30.308s (-0.557) 178.171 mph
28. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 30.321s (-0.570) 178.094 mph
29. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 30.341s (-0.590) 177.977 mph
30. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 30.350s (-0.599) 177.924 mph
31. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.356s (-0.605) 177.889 mph
32. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 30.370s (-0.619) 177.807 mph
33. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 30.386s (-0.635) 177.713 mph
34. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 30.404s (-0.653) 177.608 mph
35. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 30.542s (-0.791) 176.806 mph
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.543s (-0.792) 176.800 mph
37. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 30.595s (-0.844) 176.499 mph
38. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.619s (-0.868) 176.361 mph
39. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 30.684s (-0.933) 175.988 mph
40. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 30.695s (-0.944) 175.924 mph
41. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 30.704s (-0.953) 175.873 mph
42. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 30.795s (-1.044) 175.353 mph
43. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.798s (-1.047) 175.336 mph
44. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.840s (-1.089) 175.097 mph
45. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.874s (-1.123) 174.904 mph
46. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 31.194s (-1.443) 173.110 mph
47. #38 David Gilliland Ford -s (-) - mph

Practice 1 times

1. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.709s (Leader) 181.763 mph
2. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.887s (-0.178) 180.681 mph
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 30.036s (-0.327) 179.784 mph
4. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 30.051s (-0.342) 179.695 mph
5. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.063s (-0.354) 179.623 mph
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 30.063s (-0.354) 179.623 mph
7. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 30.180s (-0.471) 178.926 mph
8. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.192s (-0.483) 178.855 mph
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 30.215s (-0.506) 178.719 mph
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 30.242s (-0.533) 178.560 mph
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 30.258s (-0.549) 178.465 mph
12. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 30.275s (-0.566) 178.365 mph
13. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 30.298s (-0.589) 178.230 mph
14. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.334s (-0.625) 178.018 mph
15. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30.363s (-0.654) 177.848 mph
16. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 30.385s (-0.676) 177.719 mph
17. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 30.396s (-0.687) 177.655 mph
18. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.397s (-0.688) 177.649 mph
19. #30 David Stremme Toyota 30.405s (-0.696) 177.602 mph
20. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.416s (-0.707) 177.538 mph
21. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 30.429s (-0.720) 177.462 mph
22. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30.440s (-0.731) 177.398 mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 30.444s (-0.735) 177.375 mph
24. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 30.451s (-0.742) 177.334 mph
25. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 30.458s (-0.749) 177.293 mph
26. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 30.460s (-0.751) 177.282 mph
27. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 30.461s (-0.752) 177.276 mph
28. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 30.468s (-0.759) 177.235 mph
29. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 30.468s (-0.759) 177.235 mph
30. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 30.479s (-0.770) 177.171 mph
31. #13 Casey Mears Ford 30.496s (-0.787) 177.072 mph
32. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 30.522s (-0.813) 176.922 mph
33. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 30.524s (-0.815) 176.910 mph
34. #195 Scott Speed Ford 30.529s (-0.820) 176.881 mph
35. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.541s (-0.832) 176.811 mph
36. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 30.549s (-0.840) 176.765 mph
37. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 30.564s (-0.855) 176.678 mph
38. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 30.569s (-0.860) 176.650 mph
39. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 30.585s (-0.876) 176.557 mph
40. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 30.586s (-0.877) 176.551 mph
41. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 30.587s (-0.878) 176.546 mph
42. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 30.662s (-0.953) 176.114 mph
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.700s (-0.991) 175.896 mph
44. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.793s (-1.084) 175.365 mph
45. #38 David Gilliland Ford 30.793s (-1.084) 175.365 mph
46. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 30.903s (-1.194) 174.740 mph
47. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 30.930s (-1.221) 174.588 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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