CONCORD, N.C. - Chad Knaus, the mastermind behind a lot of Jimmie Johnson's success, didn't put any extra into the preparation for tonight's Sprint All-Star race because the team only knows one speed - all-out.
Johnson completed three laps around the Lowe's Motor Speedway and his team changed four tires in 2 minutes, 1.416 seconds to win the pole position for the non-points race that pays at least $1 million to the winner.
"If we were going to Caraway (N.C.) Speedway to race for $1, we'd push as much emphasis in it as we possibly can," he said. "That's how we roll."
Johnson has won the all-star race twice, but Friday's pole was the first for his team.
Kurt Busch will start second, while Matt Kenseth will start third.
The rest of the top-10 starters include: Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fourth, Mark Martin in fifth, Jeff Gordon in sixth, Bobby Labonte in seventh, Kasey Kahne in eighth, Kevin Harvick in ninth and Brad Keselowski in 10th.