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Cup: Texas - Qualifying times

Jimmie Johnson continued on his seemingly increasingly certain path to a sixth championship by claiming pole position for this weekend's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Having triumphed last weekend at Martinsville to take the lead of the 2012 Chase, Jimmie Johnson continued to be on a roll by taking pole position for this weekend's Cup race in Texas.

It's Johnson's 29th pole in 397 Cup starts, and his fourth pole in 2012. He also claimed pole position for last weekend's race at Martinsville. It's his first pole position on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, his time of 28.261s (191.076mph) just a tenth father than Greg Biffle.

There was just one practice session on Friday before qualifying. Martin Truex Jr. went top in that with a time of 28.310s (190.745 mph) just 0.044s ahead of his Michael Waltrip Racing team mate Mark Martin.

Qualifying times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.261s (Leader) 191.076mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.364s (-0.103) 190.382mph
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.402s (-0.141) 190.128mph
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.411s (-0.150) 190.067mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.422s (-0.161) 189.994mph
6. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.457s (-0.196) 189.760mph
7. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.480s (-0.219) 189.607mph
8. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.491s (-0.230) 189.533mph
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.500s (-0.239) 189.474mph
10. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.502s (-0.241) 189.460mph
11. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.527s (-0.266) 189.294mph
12. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.530s (-0.269) 189.274mph
13. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.573s (-0.312) 188.990mph
14. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.575s (-0.314) 188.976mph
15. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.583s (-0.322) 188.923mph
16. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.602s (-0.341) 188.798mph
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 28.628s (-0.367) 188.626mph
18. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.663s (-0.402) 188.396mph
19. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.669s (-0.408) 188.357mph
20. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.672s (-0.411) 188.337mph
21. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.717s (-0.456) 188.042mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.724s (-0.463) 187.996mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.757s (-0.496) 187.780mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.790s (-0.529) 187.565mph
25. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.810s (-0.549) 187.435mph
26. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 28.817s (-0.556) 187.389mph
27. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.823s (-0.562) 187.350mph
28. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 28.836s (-0.575) 187.266mph
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.842s (-0.581) 187.227mph
30. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.899s (-0.638) 186.858mph
31. #195 Scott Speed Ford 28.899s (-0.638) 186.858mph
32. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.948s (-0.687) 186.541mph
33. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.958s (-0.697) 186.477mph
34. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.959s (-0.698) 186.471mph
35. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 28.968s (-0.707) 186.413mph
36. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.975s (-0.714) 186.368mph
37. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.022s (-0.761) 186.066mph
38. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.053s (-0.792) 185.867mph
39. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 29.077s (-0.816) 185.714mph
40. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.204s (-0.943) 184.906mph
41. #83 Landon Cassill+ Toyota 29.287s (-1.026) 184.382mph
42. #32 Ken Schrader+ Ford 29.696s (-1.435) 181.843mph
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.097s (-0.836) 185.586mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 29.173s (-0.912) 185.103mph
45. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 29.494s (-1.233) 183.088mph
46. #30 David Stremme Toyota 30.568s (-2.307) 176.655mph

Practice 1 times

1. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.310s (Leader) 190.745 mph
2. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.354s (-0.044) 190.449 mph
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.403s (-0.093) 190.121 mph
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.441s (-0.131) 189.867 mph
5. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.601s (-0.291) 188.805 mph
6. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.627s (-0.317) 188.633 mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.729s (-0.419) 187.963 mph
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.750s (-0.440) 187.826 mph
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.762s (-0.452) 187.748 mph
10. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.764s (-0.454) 187.735 mph
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.804s (-0.494) 187.474 mph
12. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.815s (-0.505) 187.402 mph
13. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.835s (-0.525) 187.272 mph
14. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.854s (-0.544) 187.149 mph
15. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.869s (-0.559) 187.052 mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.924s (-0.614) 186.696 mph
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.928s (-0.618) 186.670 mph
18. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.951s (-0.641) 186.522 mph
19. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.954s (-0.644) 186.503 mph
20. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.960s (-0.650) 186.464 mph
21. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 28.976s (-0.666) 186.361 mph
22. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.981s (-0.671) 186.329 mph
23. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.018s (-0.708) 186.091 mph
24. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.028s (-0.718) 186.027 mph
25. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.043s (-0.733) 185.931 mph
26. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.045s (-0.735) 185.918 mph
27. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.053s (-0.743) 185.867 mph
28. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 29.065s (-0.755) 185.790 mph
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.157s (-0.847) 185.204 mph
30. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.158s (-0.848) 185.198 mph
31. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.198s (-0.888) 184.944 mph
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.208s (-0.898) 184.881 mph
33. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.244s (-0.934) 184.653 mph
34. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.292s (-0.982) 184.351 mph
35. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.296s (-0.986) 184.326 mph
36. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.309s (-0.999) 184.244 mph
37. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 29.367s (-1.057) 183.880 mph
38. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.385s (-1.075) 183.767 mph
39. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.388s (-1.078) 183.749 mph
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.423s (-1.113) 183.530 mph
41. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 29.424s (-1.114) 183.524 mph
42. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.428s (-1.118) 183.499 mph
43. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 29.429s (-1.119) 183.492 mph
44. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 29.562s (-1.252) 182.667 mph
45. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.640s (-1.330) 182.186 mph
46. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 29.977s (-1.667) 180.138 mph

* Denotes Rookie
+ Set by car owner points



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