DOVER, Del. (AP) - Four-time defending Cup champion Jimmie
Johnson shook off a poor finish in the Chase opener to take the
pole at Dover International Speedway on Friday.
Mark Martin, who qualified third, had his time thrown out
because the right rear shock exceeded the maximum allowable gas
pressure. He was dropped to 42nd for Sunday's race. There are no
Clint Bowyer, whose championship run was crushed by serious
penalties after flunking inspection, starts 25th.
Johnson was 25th at New Hampshire and is sixth in the points
standings entering Sunday's race. He turned a lap of 155.736 mph at
one of his favorite tracks. Johnson has five career wins on the
1-mile concrete track.
AJ Allmendinger was second and Martin Truex Jr. is third. Points
leader Denny Hamlin moved up a spot to fourth.