Despite being the first time the Jimmie Johnson has got pole position this season, having not yet won a race, he has good reasons to be confident. The 600 mile race is notoriously very difficult and only one person who started in pole position has ever won it since 1998. Johnson has the advantage of knowing that one person was him but it was ten years ago, back in 2004.
If he can secure a win here it means that he will be able to make it through to the Chase to defend his Sprint Cup Series title. He explained that he was pleased to have a fast car and that last week it did well speed wise but he was caught up in traffic, Of course having pole, will give Johnsons a chance to get ahead early and therefore not have so much chance at getting trapped in a big group. He explained that the team have some ideas about how to make sure that the car can keep up its speed and that they can balance that with any traffic build up. He said that he was proud of the team in that they were able to make a string enough car to produce the fastest lap in the third time out on the track. He explained that the track position was important but that there was no guarantee but he was certainly happy to be starting at the front.
However, he will have to be wary of a challenge from Brad Keselowski whose fastest lap time was only 0.049s slower and so starts in second position and will also be pretty confident of being able to perform well. He did sound very relieved though as he said that he has been near to being knocked out in qualifying a few times this season including this time and so was more surprised than anything else. He will be determined to make the most of it though as he is still determined to win and to reward his team for their hard work.