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Jimmie Johnson starts weekend right by winning pole at Phoenix International Raceway

Jimmie Johnson, his eyes squarely on a sixth NASCAR championship, set the tone for what could be yet another dominating weekend in the desert by winning the pole at Phoenix International Raceway.He did it with a track record.The five-time NASCAR champion turned a lap of 139.222 mph in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on Friday to break the mark of 138.766 set by Kyle Busch last November."Track records are awesome," Johnson said after Friday's qualifying session. "I don't qualify on pole all that often, so I take great pride in them, especially track records. Very cool to do, and clearly a great time in the season and a great time in the Chase."Matt Kenseth, who trails Johnson by seven points in the standings, will start 14th Sunday in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.He knows he has a lot of work ahead of him this weekend in making his car better, and then trying to catch Johnson on Sunday."This track in the spring was extremely hard to pass at, probably one of the toughest tracks that we...

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