Johnson on Brink of Third Title After Phoenix Win
Polesitter Jimmie Johnson played his own version of “Catch Me If You Can” Sunday -- and nobody could -- in the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 and in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Though it took a green-white-checkered-flag finish to decide the race, the outcome was hardly in doubt, as Johnson dominated the race, leading 217 of 313 laps. Kurt Busch finished second, .295 seconds behind the two-time defending Cup champion.
Chasing History, Johnson Wins Pole in Phoenix
For the fifth time in nine Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races, Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole.
This time, with the sun in his eyes in the first corner, Johnson claimed the top starting spot the old fashioned way -- he earned it with a lap of 26.721 seconds (134.725 mph) at Phoenix International Raceway, good enough to edge Jamie McMurray (134.625 mph) for the pole for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.
With the pole comes first choice of pit box, which, for the no. 48 Chevrolet team, means stall No. 1, closest to the exit from pit road.
NASCAR Newscast: Chase for the Sprint Cup - Week 9 Review
With his seventh win of the season, Jimmie Johnson moved closer to an historic third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Hear from him and runner-up Kurt Busch, who considers it a privilege to run with Johnson.
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