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Pepsi 500 - Auto Club Speedway

Johnson Dominates in Third California Win
Forget the rivalry between Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. In Sunday’s Pepsi 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway, there was only one car that counted, the No. 48 Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson. Johnson led 228 of 250 laps and held off a late-race challenge from Greg Biffle, who lost ground when the water temperature in his No. 16 Ford skyrocketed to 260 degrees when a paper wrapper stuck to his grille after a restart on Lap 223. As the laps wound down, Biffle told his team, “Doing all I can, man. I can't catch him. He’s beating me too bad in (Turns) 3 and 4.” Johnson beat Biffle to the finish line by 2.076 seconds. Denny Hamlin ran third, followed by Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.
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Pepsi 500 Notes
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· WIX Lap Leader Notes
· Penalty Report
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· Point Standings
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· Pit Stall Assignments
· Final Practice
· Practice 2
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
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· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
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· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Toyota Motorsports Notes & Quotes
· Team Chevy Notes & Quotes
· Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· WIX Lap Leader Pre-Race Notes
· Team Red Bull Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Martin Truex Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Travis Kvapil Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· David Gilliland Notes
· David Reutimann Notes
· Paul Menard Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Patrick Carpentier Notes
· Sam Hornish Jr. Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Marcos Ambrose Notes

Johnson Captures 17th Career Pole on Friday in Fontana
Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Pepsi 500 at the Auto Club Speedway on Friday afternoon in sunny California. With a lap of 39.912 seconds, at an average speed of 180.397 mph, Johnson was the only driver to break the 40-second barrier during the qualifying session. This is Johnson's 17th career pole in 244 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and his fourth pole in 2008. Although he started from the top spot in the season's first trip to Fontana due to the rain out of qualifying, this is his first pole position in 12 races at Auto Club Speedway. AJ Allmendinger grabbed his career-best starting position after putting his Toyota on the outside pole. This is his sixth top-10 start of 2008 and his first in two races at Auto Club Speedway. Johnson's Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon qualified third, posting his ninth top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway and his 17th in 25 races this season. Patrick Carpentier (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

NASCAR Newscast: California Review

  • Hear from Jimmie Johnson as he clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with his third win of the season and third at his home track, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Find out which other drivers clinched, and also hear from runner-up Greg Biffle with one event left in the Race to the Chase.
    [Watch Video]

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    Video: Post-Race News Conferences at California

  • Jimmie Johnson says his win at Auto Club Speedway should help him in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. (1 minute, 5 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Jimmie Johnson says he's happy just to finish strong and clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. (14 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Denny Hamlin says his team needed a top-three finish at Auto Club Speedway to stay in the Race to the Chase. (30 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Denny Hamlin says unpredictable Richmond could knock him out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. (30 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Greg Biffle credits a great car and crew with his runner-up NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish. (20 seconds) [Watch Video]

    Video: Post-Qualifying News Conferences at California

  • Jimmie Johnson says he was glad he could hold off AJ Allmendinger for the pole, despite driving in the heat of the day. (30 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • AJ Allmendinger says he got all he could out of his lap, balancing the need to get into the race and go for the pole. (27 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • AJ Allmendinger hopes his front-row start will propel him to a finish that gets him back into the top 35 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner points. (19 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Jeff Gordon credits his crew chief's adjustments with helping him challenge for the Pepsi 500 pole. (14 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Patrick Carpentier says he surprised himself with the fifth-quickest lap in qualifying. (30 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Patrick Carpentier says a Canadian company would get a lot of exposure in NASCAR by sponsoring his ride. (56 seconds) [Watch Video]

    Video: Friday News Conferences at California

  • Kyle Busch confesses who he sees as the biggest threats in the Chase -- and it's not just Carl Edwards (50 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Kyle Busch says he's not running into other drivers on purpose (40 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Jimmie Johnson admits big tracks are a challenge, but believes his team still is a factor in Chase race (45 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Jimmie Johnson hopes Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards aren't the only ones people are talking about (32 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Greg Biffle plans on getting 10 "flawless races" if he makes the Chase (40 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Greg Biffle thinks Kyle Busch-Carl Edwards rivalry is good for racing (23 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • David Ragan describes what it's going to take to make the Chase -- and how someone will get knocked out of it (48 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • David Ragan thinks those who fixate on not making mistakes will make mistakes (44 seconds) [Watch Video]


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