By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Jimmie Johnson had a dismal week in New Hampshire finishing 25th. It wasn’t how he wanted to get his Chase campaign started for sure.
Friday in Coors Light Pole Qualifying in Dover, Delaware Johnson clocked in a lap of 155.736 mph, which was fast enough to capture the pole position for stage two of the 2010 Chase.
As a result Johnson will begin his rally back into contention for the title from the front of the pack at a track he has won at five times in his career.
A.J. Allmendinger came up just short in getting his second pole of the season, as he was 14-thousandths of a second slower than the pole setter. Allmendinger will start from the outside of the front row on Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr. will start third followed by the point leader Denny Hamlin and Juan Montoya.
Mark Martin originally had posted a lap fast enough to start third on Sunday, but following his run, his car failed post-qualifying inspection. Martin will start in the rear of the field for Sunday’s AAA 400.
Other Notable qualifiers include: Greg Biffle* (6th), Jamie McMurray (7th), Kurt Busch* (8th), Carl Edwards* (10th), Kyle Busch* (11th), Ryan Newman (13th), Matt Kenseth* (14th), Jeff Gordon* (15th), Kasey Kahne (16th), Clint Bowyer* (24th), Tony Stewart* (25th), Jeff Burton* (27th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (32nd), and Kevin Harvick* (33rd).
* indicates Chase For The Sprint Cup Contender
In all 46 cars lined up on the grid to fight for the 43 spots available in Sunday’s race. The three drivers who didn’t make the field this week are Jeff Green, Josh Wise, and Ted Musgrave.