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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 MyLowe’s Chevrolet, qualified fifth for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Johnson turned a lap of 27.980 seconds at 192.995 mph on the 1.5-mile oval.
“I don’t think I left anything on the table with that lap,” said Johnson, who has six Sprint Cup wins at Charlotte (May 2003, May 2004, October 2004, May 2005, October 2005 and October 2009). “The MyLowe’s Chevy was fast. It was a good lap and we’ll have a good starting spot and pit stall for Saturday night. I’m pretty pleased with it.”
Greg Biffle captured his 12th career Sprint Cup pole, his third of the season and his first at Charlotte by setting a new track qualifying record of 27.877 seconds at 193.708 mph. Biffle’s run bested the previous mark of 27.948 seconds at 193.216 mph set by Elliott Sadler on Oct. 15, 2005.
Mark Martin will start on the outside of row one after turning a lap of 27.927 seconds at 193.361 mph. Ryan Newman was third (27.943 seconds at 193.251 mph), while Clint Bowyer (27.973 seconds at 193.043 mph) and Johnson rounded out the top-five.
Forty-seven drivers attempted to qualify for the Bank of America 500. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Joe Nemechek, Josh Wise, Scott Riggs and Cole Whitt.
Ford took the top spot among manufacturers via Biffle’s pole run. Toyota was next-best at the hands of Martin. Chevrolet was the third-fastest make thanks to Newman, while Sam Hornish Jr., carried the flag for Dodge with the 14th-quickest lap (28.174 seconds at 191.666 mph).
The Bank of America 500 gets underway at 7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday with live coverage provided by ABC beginning with a pre-race show at 7 p.m.