Johnson to start up front

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SPARTA, KY (TheSpread) – Jimmie Johnson improved his chances to win the Quaker State 400 on Friday, as he won the pole for Saturday night’s race.

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By taking the pole, Johnson has increased his odds to win to 9/2. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (6/1) and Denny Hamlin (7/1).

Johnson is fourth in the current points standings, 25 points behind Matt Kenseth for first. Johnson has two wins and a series-high nine top 5’s this year. Johnson took third in last year’s race.

Kyle Busch is 12th in the point standings. He is 137 points out of first. Busch has one win and five top 5’s this year. Busch was the winner of this race in its first year. Busch qualified second for this race.

Hamlin took third in qualifying. He is currently eighth in the point standings, 73 points outside of first place. Hamlin has two wins and seven top 5’s on the year. He placed 11th in this race last year.

The Quaker State 400 will take place Saturday, June 30 from Kentucky Speedway at 7:45PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Quaker State 400 – 2012 Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway – Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jimmie Johnson 9/2

Kyle Busch 6/1

Denny Hamlin 7/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 8/1

Jeff Gordon 8/1

Tony Stewart 12/1

Matt Kenseth 12/1

Carl Edwards 12/1

Kevin Harvick 12/1

Greg Biffle 12/1

Brad Keselowski 15/1

Kasey Kahne 15/1

Martin Truex Jr 20/1

Clint Bowyer 20/1

Ryan Newman 30/1

AJ Allmendinger 30/1

Joey Logano 50/1

Kurt Busch 60/1

Michael Waltrip 100/1

Marcos Ambrose 100/1

Jamie McMurray 100/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 100/1

Jeff Burton 100/1

Paul Menard 100/1

Regan Smith 300/1

Bobby Labonte 300/1

David Ragan 300/1

David Gilliland 300/1

Aric Almirola 300/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1

Qualifying Results

1. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.818 mph.

2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 181.421.

3. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 181.147.

4. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 180.367.

5. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 180.337.

6. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 180.228.

7. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 180.222.

8. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 180.204.

9. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.036.

10. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 179.964.

11. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 179.754.

12. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 179.509.

13. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 179.336.

14. (51) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 179.206.

15. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 179.075.

16. (22) A J Allmendinger, Dodge, 179.045.

17. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 178.992.

18. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 178.867.

19. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 178.737.

20. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 178.23.

21. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 177.825.

22. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 177.801.

23. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 177.02.

24. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, 176.505.

25. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 176.217.

26. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 175.97.

27. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 175.73.

28. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 175.615.

29. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 175.211.

30. (26) Josh Wise, Ford, 175.08.

31. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 175.063.

32. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 174.757.

33. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 174.695.

34. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 174.402.

35. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 174.402.

36. (23) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 174.345.

37. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 174.272.

38. (10) David Reutimann, Chevrolet, 173.511.

39. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 172.199.

40. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points.

41. (32) Ken Schrader, Ford, Owner Points.

42. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

43. (33) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 173.132.

Failed to Qualify

44. (49) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 172.612.

45. (52) Mike Skinner, Toyota, 171.876.

2012 Quaker State 400 Information

Race Date: Saturday, June 30

Location: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky

Pre-Race: 7PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 7:45PM ET

TV Coverage: TNT

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Speedway (267 laps)

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