Jimmie Johnson grabs pole at Phoenix with record lap

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  (L-R) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet, and Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz pose with the pole award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet, and Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz pose with the pole award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson may not be in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but that doesn’t mean he is sitting quietly on the sidelines.  Nearly a week after a stunning move to win at Texas, Johnson snagged his first pole of the season Friday  with a record setting lap and will lead the field to the green for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

The six-time champion put down a lap of 143.158 breaking the track record of 142.113 mph set last year by Denny Hamlin, with less than two minutes to go in the final five minutes of the three rounds of knockout qualifying.

“We didn’t have the summer that we wanted, but these guys have been working so hard on the No. 48 team and at Hendrick Motorsports,” Johnson said. MORE>>>

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