Illustration for article titled Reigning Champ Jimmie Johnson Takes Pole For Daytona 500, We Make Johnson Joke

At today's qualifying session for the 50th running of the "Great American Race," Jimmie Johnson clinched the pole for next Sunday's race with a lap speed of 185.082mph today on the 2.5-mile banked tri-oval. It's a good way for Johnson to start out a season where he's looking to match the record set by the great Cale Yarborough who is the only NASCAR driver to ever win three consecutive Championships. According to the stickers on his car, Johnson was driving a "Chevy Impala," beating out the "Toyota Camry" be-stickered "Car of Tomorrow" driven by Michael Waltrip who will start the race in second position but in the lane next to Johnson. And if you think that Johnson can only turn left, well, he also raced a Daytona Prototype at the Rolex 24-hour sportscar race here last month and finished 2nd overall — so there's that. Stay tuned as the melodramatic man-soap opera plays out at next weekend's big race.


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