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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, qualified third for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Johnson turned a lap of 36.283 seconds at 198.440 mph on the 2-mile oval.
“It was a pretty good lap,” said Johnson, who has never won in 21 career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. “I lost a little in turn three, but all in all it was a good lap. Qualifying has never been my strong suit, so any time we qualify in the top-10, it’s a good day. Our Lowe’s Chevrolets have been good, and I think we’ve got another one here this weekend.”
Mark Martin captured his 55th career Sprint Cup pole, his fourth of the season and his first at Michigan by posting a lap of 36.053 seconds at 199.706 mph.
Carl Edwards will start on the outside of row one as he timed in at 36.249 seconds at 198.626 mph. Johnson was third, while Matt Kenseth (36.330 seconds at 198.183 mph) and Kasey Kahne (36.386 seconds at 197.878 mph) rounded out the top-five.
Forty-five drivers attempted to qualify for the Pure Michigan 400. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Stephen Leicht and J.J. Yeley.
As far as manufacturers went, Toyota took the top spot via Martin’s pole run. Ford was next best at the hands of Edwards. Chevrolet was the third-fastest make thanks to Johnson, while 17th-quick Parker Kligerman (36.688 seconds at 196.249 mph) carried the flag for Dodge.
The Pure Michigan 400 gets underway at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with a pre-race show at noon.