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Johnson Finally on Pole

Points leader Jimmie Johnson took a surprising pole position last night at Chicagoland Speedway, ahead of Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400

This was Johnson's first pole position in more than a year, and the eighth of his career.

Johnson beat the series' top qualifier Ryan Newman to the top spot, with Newman finishing a close second.

Newman, however, was able to secure pole postion an hour later, when he qualified for the USG Durock 300 Busch race.

"I don't think the qualifying speeds will translate exactly into what you see on the track in the race," Johnson said. "With the extra practice we have (Saturday), it allows us to mess up our car, and it allows the other guys to make theirs better.

"But we've learned some things the last few weeks and they seem to be coming together right now."

Pos  Driver              Make        Speed
 1.  Jimmie Johnson      Chevrolet   188.147
 2.  Ryan Newman         Dodge       188.055
 3.  Casey Mears         Dodge       187.676
 4.  Matt Kenseth        Ford        187.396
 5.  Brian Vickers       Chevrolet   187.324
 6.  Greg Biffle         Ford        187.065
 7.  Scott Riggs         Chevrolet   186.858
 8.  Dale Jarrett        Ford        186.664
 9.  Kevin Harvick       Chevrolet   186.393
10.  Dave Blaney         Chevrolet   186.278
11.  Mike Bliss          Chevrolet   186.194
12.  Robby Gordon        Chevrolet   186.181
13.  J.J. Yeley          Chevrolet   186.168
14.  Jeff Gordon         Chevrolet   186.156
15.  Joe Nemechek        Chevrolet   186.066
16.  Travis Kvapil*      Dodge       185.906
17.  Bobby Hamilton Jr.  Chevrolet   185.822
18.  Kasey Kahne         Dodge       185.765
19.  Kurt Busch          Ford        185.720
20.  Mark Martin         Ford        185.554
21.  Carl Edwards        Ford        185.471
22.  Jeremy Mayfield     Dodge       185.382
23.  Elliott Sadler      Ford        185.350
24.  Kyle Busch*         Chevrolet   185.242
25.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet   184.780
26.  Bobby Labonte       Chevrolet   184.647
27.  Michael Waltrip     Chevrolet   184.596
28.  Ricky Rudd          Ford        184.508
29.  Kyle Petty          Dodge       184.470
30.  Scott Wimmer        Dodge       184.370
31.  David Stremme       Dodge       184.099
32.  Stuart Kirby        Chevrolet   184.030
33.  Rusty Wallace       Dodge       183.949
34.  Terry Labonte       Chevrolet   183.811
35.  Jeff Burton         Chevrolet   183.536
36.  Jamie McMurray      Dodge       183.430
37.  Carl Long           Chevrolet   183.175
38.  Sterling Marlin     Dodge       183.063
39.  Kevin Lepage        Dodge       182.766
40.  Jeff Green          Dodge       182.648
41.  Ken Schrader        Dodge       182.223
42.  Mike Wallace+       Chevrolet   178.695
43.  Jason Leffler       Chevrolet   181.818

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