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Johnson takes pole at Pocono Raceway

August 02. 2013 5:14PM

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LONG POND — Jimmie Johnson continued his domination in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series by winning the pole Friday for the 400 on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Johnson had to go through pre-qualifying inspection twice after NASCAR determined the rear left toe on his No. 48 Chevrolet was off by one-thousands of an inch. Scheduled to go out 24, instead Johnson was the 29th driver due to the delay. His circled the 2.5-mile track at 180,654 mph for a new track record.

It will be the fourth time Johnson starts a race at Pocono on the pole. He won from the first starting spot in June for the third of his four victories this season.

Rounding out the top five qualifiers were Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch. Joey Logano was sixth. Logano held the previous qualifying record at Pocono. All six drivers topped his mark of 179.598 mph set in June 2012.

The 400 starts at 1 p.m. Sunday and will be televised by ESPN.

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