Jimmie Johnson takes pole at Dover

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Four-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson shook off a poor finish in the Chase opener to take the pole at Dover International Speedway on Friday.

Mark Martin, who qualified third, had his time thrown out because the right rear shock exceeded the maximum allowable gas pressure. He was dropped to 42nd for Sunday's race. There are no further penalties.

Clint Bowyer, whose championship run was crushed by serious penalties after flunking inspection, starts 25th.

Johnson was 25th at New Hampshire and is sixth in the points standings entering Sunday's race. He turned a lap of 155.736 mph at one of his favorite tracks. Johnson has five career wins on the 1-mile concrete track.

AJ Allmendinger was second and Martin Truex Jr. is third. Points leader Denny Hamlin moved up a spot to fourth.


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