Johnson grabs pole at Kentucky Speedway

Johnson grabs pole at Kentucky Speedway

Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR

SPARTA, KY - JUNE 29: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet, signs an autograph for a fan after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 29, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) -- Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson overcame blustery wind to capture his first pole in more than a year when he edged Kyle Busch for the top spot Saturday at Kentucky Speedway.

A freakish storm with high wind that lifted tents and littered the area with debris caused qualifying to be suspended. The cars returned to the track shortly -- after the temperature dropped 20 degrees.

 

Johnson, who had not won a pole since September 2010 at Dover, had a top speed of 181.818 mph and a lap time of 29.700. He edged defending champion Busch, who went 181.421 and was just 0.065 seconds slower.

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick made up the second row.
 

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