BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The four-time defending NASCAR champion turned a lap at 123.475 mph in Friday's qualifying to put his Chevrolet on the front row.
Johnson bettered Carl Edwards, who earned the second starting spot with a lap at 122.937 in a Ford. Joey Logano has qualified third in a Toyota.
Tony Stewart qualified fourth and David Reutimann bounced back from a bout with food poisoning to qualify fifth.
NASCAR had 49 cars vying for 43 starting positions. Drivers not making the race were Dave Blaney, Joe Nemechek, Kevin Lepage, J.J. Yeley, Brian Keselowski and Mike Bliss.