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Johnson wins pole to strengthen championship bid

Johnson wins pole to strengthen championship bid

Jimmie Johnson moved a step closer to a third consecutive NASCAR title by winning the pole for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Speedway on Friday.
Johnson, the defending race winner, turned a lap of 134.725 mph (216.81 kph) in his Chevrolet to earn the top starting spot on Sunday. If he gains 57 more points than Carl Edwards, Johnson would only need to start the season finale to become the first driver since Cale Yarborough (1976-78) to win three straight titles.
Edwards, who had the fastest car in Friday's final practice session, qualified 15th and said the engine in his Ford bogged down on the back straight during his lap. Winner of the last two races, he trails Johnson by 106 points with two events to go.
Jamie McMurray qualified second and was followed by Kurt Busch.


Updated : 2021-10-20 11:27 GMT+08:00