LOUDON, N.H. – Jimmie Johnson turned a lap of 133.971 mph and won his first pole of the season Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Johnson could use a boost after a five-race slump where he hasn't finished better than 13th. He has crashed out of his last two races, finishing 35th at Daytona International Speedway and 32nd last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
He was the lone Hendrick Motorsports driver in the top five.
Kyle Busch was second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin.