Cincinnati, OH (FOX19) - Violent winds interrupted Sprint Cup Qualifying at Kentucky Speedway, then Jimmie Johnson blew past the field on his way to the pole. The next to last car on the track, Johnson touched nearly 182 miles per hour. He'll lead the field in Saturday's Quaker State 400.
"It was a very comfortable lap, a very good lap. Qualifying has not been our strong suit the last two years, so we're happy to get this pole today. The conditions were so slick, it took a while to get the feeling I was looking for. We're on the right track now.
"This track has so much character. It would be great to win here at Kentucky. We used to test here a lot back in the day. Turns 3 and 4 have taken quite a few 48 racecars from us, so the run last year was good for me. I came back with a lot of confidence," Johnson said.
Defending race champ Kyle Busch qualified second. Denny Hamlin starts third.