In a second interesting Cup series qualifying experience, Johnson swept three rounds along with his average lap speed of 188.890 mph got him the pole for Sunday’S-O ’Reilly 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The rod was a bit of a surprise as Johnson — a nine-time winner at Martinsville — has been coming off one of his worst performances at the track.
“It’s been a very long couple of years and we have a ways to move and certainly race afternoon is much more important than Friday,” Johnson said as his former crew chief Chad Knaus educated him.
“& We ’reworking really hard and that I presume we’r e a bit guilty of trying way too hard and possibly stepping outside of our comfort zone at times and putting set ups on the auto that just quite aren’t proven yet.
“With all that said, we were very competitive coming , changed a lot of stuff around on our mile-and-a-half program. Top of the charts daily . It’SA wonderful beginning. I’m very proud of everyone keeping the beliefs and spending so much time.
Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, William Byron, ended up instant (188.416 mph) and fellow teammate Chase Elliott was third (188.271 mph). Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon finished the Topfive.
Rounding out the Best 12 starters are Denny Hamlin, Daniel Hemric, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones and Brad Keselowski.
Suarez and Jones either went out alone during the final round as the remaining 10 cars elected to wait until only over one minute stayed on the clock to aim their own qualifying runs.
Johnson again topped the leader board in the next round, although he ran out of time before completing two laps until time expired.
Johnson’s average lap speed of 187.957 mph topped Hemric (187.918 mph) and Logano (187.872 mph). Suarez and Hamlin finished the Topfive.
Also advancing to the final round were Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Byron, Wallace, Ty Dillon, Elliott and Jones.
Suarez has been the first driver to take to the track in the next round with just over three minutes and completed his effort without a drafting help and ended up fourth-fastest.
Johnson, that had been fastest in Friday’therefore practice, headed the way in the very first round of knock out qualifying.
Johnson’s average lap speed of 188.627 mph topped Erik Jones (188.180 mph) along with Austin Dillon (188.127 mph). Blaney was Byron completed the top-five.
With roughly three minutes, 50 seconds left, Bowman experienced the Turn 2 wall, which presented a warning. His team immediately brought out a backup car, so he will need to begin Sunday’s race against the rear of the area.
“there & & rsquo;s much room for mistake when you’re-running wide open for the place,” Bowman stated.
Most cars waited until there was only over five minutes remaining before they made their very first attempt to make qualifying runs.
Timmy Hill, Landon Cassill and also Paul Menard were penalized during the semester for speeding on pit road.
Jones’ No. 20 Toyota failed pre-qualifying inspection two, which resulted in the auto leader getting ejected from the remainder of the weekend. Jones will even lose 15 minutes in Saturday’s final practice.