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Johnson Qualifies 8th in Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, qualified eighth for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson turned a lap of 29.945 seconds at 185.139 mph in time trials Friday evening on the 1.54-mile oval.

“It was a good lap,” Johnson said. “The car didn’t do anything scary. But in order to go fast, you have to be on that ragged edge, and we were a little too close on the comfortable side of things.”

Tony Stewart captured his 14th career Sprint Cup pole, his first of the season and his first at Atlanta by posting a lap of 29.787 seconds at 186.121 mph.

Greg Biffle will start on the outside of row one after turning a lap of 29.863 seconds at 185.648 mph. Kyle Busch was third (29.888 seconds at 185.493 mph) while Matt Kenseth (29.916 seconds at 185.319 mph) and Jeff Gordon (29.918 seconds at 185.307 mph) rounded out the top-five.

Forty-seven drivers attempted to qualify for the AdvoCare 500. The drivers not making the cut in the 43-car field were Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, Stephen Leicht and Mike Bliss.

Chevrolet took the top spot among manufacturers via Stewart’s pole run. Ford was next-best at the hands of Biffle. Toyota was the third-fastest make thanks to Busch, while Sam Hornish Jr. carried the flag for Dodge with the 15th-quickest lap (30.031 seconds at 184.609 mph).

The AdvoCare 500 gets underway at 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with a pre-race show at 6:30 p.m.

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