Johnson takes the pole

Already favored to win the race, Jimmie Johnson only strengthened his odds to win the 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race by qualifying up front for Saturday’s race.

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Johnson is now a 5/2 favorite to win the event according to oddsmakers at the online sports book SBGGLOBAL. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (6/1), Tony Stewart (7/1), and Carl Edwards (9/1).

Johnson has one win at this track and an average finish of 15.0, but his driver rating at Bristol is just 87.0. Johnson sits fifth in the current standings. He is 386 points behind Kevin Harvick. Johnson is tied with Denny Hamlin for the most wins on the year with five.

Kyle Busch is the defending champion of this race. It is one of three wins that Busch has on this track. His average finish at Bristol is 10.1 and his driver rating is 103.0, which is the best of any Sprint Cup driver. Busch currently sits eighth in the standings, 425 points behind leader Harvick. Busch will start 19th on Saturday night

Tony Stewart has one win at Bristol in his career with an average finish of 16.5 and a driver rating of 95.9. Stewart sits fourth in the standings. He is winless in 2010 and has six top 5’s. Stewart will start fourth in the race.

Edwards has two wins at Bristol and his average finish is 13.4 while his driver rating is 88.2. Edwards is seventh in the standings. He is also winless on the year but has 12 top 10’s. Edwards qualified second on Friday.

The Irwin Tools Night Race will take place Saturday, Aug. 21 from Bristol Motor Speedway at 7:43PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Irwin Tools Night Race – 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway – Aug. 21, 2010

Jimmie Johnson 5/2

Kyle Busch 6/1

Tony Stewart 7/1

Carl Edwards 9/1

Denny Hamlin 12/1

Kurt Busch 15/1

Jeff Gordon 15/1

Jeff Burton 15/1

Kevin Harvick 15/1

Matt Kenseth 20/1

Ryan Newman 20/1

Jamie McMurray 20/1

Kasey Kahne 20/1

Greg Biffle 20/1

Martin Truex Jr 25/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 25/1

Joey Logano 25/1

AJ Allmendinger 30/1

David Reutimann 30/1

Clint Bowyer 30/1

Mark Martin 30/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 35/1

Marcos Ambrose 75/1

Brad Keselowski 75/1

Paul Menard 100/1

David Ragan 200/1

Reed Sorenson 200/1

Sam Hornish Jr 300/1

Scott Speed 500/1

Travis Kvapil 500/1

Elliott Sadler 500/1

Regan Smith 1000/1

Bobby Labonte 1000/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 100/1   

Qualifying Results

1 Jimmie Johnson (48)

2 Carl Edwards (99)

3 Joey Logano (20)

4 Tony Stewart (14)

5 David Reutimann (00)

6 Ryan Newman (39)

7 Jamie McMurray (1)

8 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

9 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

10 A J Allmendinger (43)

11 Kasey Kahne (9)

12 Paul Menard (98)

13 Mark Martin (5)

14 Matt Kenseth (17)

15 Brad Keselowski (12)

16 Jeff Burton (31)

17 Denny Hamlin (11)

18 Reed Sorenson (83)

19 Kyle Busch (18)

20 Kurt Busch (2)

21 Greg Biffle (16)

22 Marcos Ambrose (47)

23 Scott Speed (82)

24 Clint Bowyer (33)

25 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

26 Jeff Gordon (24)

27 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

28 Kevin Harvick (29)

29 Regan Smith (78)

30 Bobby Labonte (09)

31 Jeff Green (26)

32 Scott Riggs (66)

33 Travis Kvapil (34)

34 David Gilliland (38)

35 Michael McDowell (55)

36 Todd Bodine (164)

37 Robby Gordon (07)

38 David Ragan (6)

39 Tony Raines (37)

40 Kevin Conway (7)

41 Elliott Sadler (19)

42 Landon Cassill (71)

43 Casey Mears (13)

44 Dave Blaney (36)

45 Joe Nemechek (87) DNQ

46 Kevin Lepage (4) DNQ

47 J.J. Yeley (46) DNQ

48 Brian Keselowski (192) DNQ

49 Mike Bliss (132) DNQ

2010 Irwin Tools Night Race Information

Race Date: Saturday, Aug. 21

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.

Pre-Race: 6:30PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 7:43PM ET

TV Coverage: ABC

Radio Coverage: PRN

Track Type: Oval (500 laps)

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Posted: 8/21/10 12:39AM ET

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