Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jimmie Johnson to lead AAA 400 at Dover to green

During Friday qualifying, the #48 Lowes Chevrolet piloted by Jimmie Johnson posted top spot for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Focused on the big picture of four straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, Jimmie Johnson returns to the location of his second ever Sprint Cup win ready to launch for the point lead occupied by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin.

Starting alongside Johnson is the hungry Juan Pablo Montoya and the #42 Chevrolet. Ryan Newman set third fastest time placing a trio of Chevrolets in the first three positions for the green flag on Sunday. Rough Fenway driver Greg Biffle qualified fourth anxious to repeat last year's finish in victory lane.

Driving the top qualifying Toyota, David Reutimann can be claim the honour of being the AAA 400's highest starting non-chase driver.

Kasey Kahne posted a fast time during final practice on Saturday and appears ready to vanish the misadventures of the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports team at last week's opening round of New Hampshire for the 2009 Chase for the Cup. Completing the complexion of the top 10 for the AAA 400 at Dover are Jeff Gordon, Saturday's Nationwide race winner Clint Bowyer, Sam Hornish Jr., and Paul Menard.

Many of the remaining Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders ran times within the upper half of the AAA 400's starting lineup. The #99 Ford of Carl Edwards starts in the basement of the grid with final practice failing to dramatically change the outlook. Based on the final practice, keep an eye on Juan Montoya, Joey Lagono, and Mark Martin as strong prospects for top finishes this afternoon alongside Kahne. Johnson was also fast in that session so prepare for another sleep-inducing path of dominance at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race of Dover.

AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway Starting Lineup

1. Jimmie Johnson- #48 Chevrolet (C)
2. Juan Pablo Montoya- #42 Chevrolet (C)
3. Ryan Newman- #39 Chevrolet (C)
4. Greg Biffle- #16 Ford (C)
5. David Reutimann- #00 Toyota (C)
6. Kasey Kahne- #9 Dodge (C)
7. Jeff Gordon- #24 Chevrolet (C)
8. Clint Bowyer- #33 Chevrolet
9. Sam Hornish Jr.- #77 Dodge
10. Paul Menard- #98 Ford

12. Brian Vickers- #83 Toyota (C)
13. Denny Hamlin- #11 Toyota (C)
14. Mark Martin- #5 Chevrolet (C)
15. Kyle Busch- #18 Toyota
16. Kurt Busch- #2 Dodge (C)
22. Tony Stewart- #14 Chevrolet (C)
24. Dale Earnhardt Jr.- #88 Chevrolet
30. Carl Edwards- #99 Ford (C)

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