Johnson turned a lap around the half-mile oval in 123.475 mph and will start out front Saturday night in the IRWIN Tools race.
He has won 24 poles in his Sprint Cup career but he has not been up to his usual form this year -- one that has him in fifth place in the points standings.
Points leader Kevin Harvick will start 28th.
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