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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, qualified 10th for Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Johnson turned a lap of 28.529 seconds at 189.281 mph on the 1.5-mile oval.
“It was a great half-lap,” said Johnson, who won at Texas in November 2007. “It’s so frustrating when you can’t get a great full lap. We had a lot of speed in the car, but I just didn’t get through (Turns) 3 and 4 like I needed to. Hopefully that will hold up but I think I left a considerable chunk out there and we’ll slip back. But we’ll show up tomorrow night and race like heck.”
Martin Truex Jr., captured his seventh career Sprint Cup pole, his first of the season and his second at Texas by posting a lap of 28.366 seconds at 190.369 mph.
Matt Kenseth will start on the outside of row one as he timed in at 28.399 seconds at 190.148 mph. Greg Biffle was third (28.403 seconds at 190.121 mph), while Mark Martin (28.418 seconds at 190.020 mph) and Kasey Kahne (28.476 seconds at 189.633 mph) rounded out the top five.
Forty-six drivers attempted to qualify for the Samsung Mobile 500. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were David Stremme, Joe Nemechek and Stacy Compton.
As far as manufacturers went, Toyota took the top spot via Truex’s pole run. Ford was next best at the hands of Kenseth. Chevrolet was the third-fastest make thanks to Kahne, while eighth-quick Brad Keselowski (28.514 seconds at 189.381 mph) carried the flag for Dodge.
The Samsung Mobile 500 gets underway at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 14 with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with a pre-race show at 7 p.m.