Friday, November 2, 2012

Johnson Takes Pole at Texas

Jimmie Johnson takes home a rifle after winning the pole at Texas (Getty)
Sporting News

FORT WORTH, Texas—Jimmie Johnson has won five Sprint Cup titles by proving that just when people think he might be about to break, he delivers a deflating blow.

So in some ways, Johnson's winning pole position for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was vintage Jimmie.

Ranking 27th in Friday afternoon's practice session, Johnson gave his competitors a false sense of security. Then, he put down a wicked lap of 191.076 mph around the 1.5-mile oval to earn the No. 1 starting spot for the AAA Texas 500.

"That was a white-knuckled lap," Johnson said. "I'd say I didn't leave anything on the table with that one. There were a couple of opportunities to lose control.

"I stayed on the throttle and kept the car pointed in the right direction."

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