NASCAR Charlotte 2014 qualifying results: Jimmie Johnson wins pole; Danica qualifies 4th

Streeter Lecka

Jimmie Johnson won his first pole of the season in qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.

Jimmie Johnson took the pole-position for the Coca-Cola 600, while Danica Patrick continued to impress in qualifying Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Still looking for his first victory of 2014, Johnson sped to the No. 1 spot with a speed of 194.911 mph. The defending Sprint Cup champion hasn't won in 13 races -- dating back to November 2013 -- and has been dogged recently about his inability to reach the winner's circle.

"I learned a long time ago to not pay attention to the outside voices and influences and just worry about my race team," Johnson said. "We've been good and had a chance to win at a few tracks. And then at some our bad tracks, we went in there and ran terrible. I'll be the first to admit it.

"This is a good track for us. Next week is a good track for us and we need to capitalize on those opportunities and get some wins."

Since 1998 Johnson is the only driver to win from the pole at Charlotte. He owns six Sprint Cup victories on the 1.5-mile track overall, but none since 2009.

Rounding out the top five were Kasey Kahne, Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer. The fourth-place effort marks the third consecutive race Patrick has qualified in the top 10. Thursday's result comes after a career-best seventh-place finish in the last points race two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway.

Patrick was fastest in the second of three rounds Thursday.

"We have a lot to be proud of," Patrick said. "I mean let's face it this is the part of the weekend that I dreaded every time. I had to train myself to not say I hate qualifying. We were third in a round, we were first in a round and we were fourth in a round."

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch qualified sixth and seventh, respectively, followed by Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Despite advancing to the final segment of time trials, neither Kevin Harvick nor Matt Kenseth completed a lap. Both were holding off until the final seconds to record a lap time, but waited too long on pit road and were unable to get a speed in.

J.J. Yeley and Dave Blaney failed to qualify.

Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup
Position Driver Make Speed
1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 194.911
2 Brad Keselowski Ford 194.567
3 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 193.618
4 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 193.334
5 Clint Bowyer Toyota 193.244
6 Denny Hamlin Toyota 193.119
7 Kyle Busch Toyota 193.092
8 Joey Logano Ford 192.472
9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 191.673
10 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 191.272
11 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet No 3rd round speed
12 Matt Kenseth Toyota No 3rd round speed
13 Aric Almirola Ford 192.692
14 Trevor Bayne Ford 192.486
15 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevrolet 192.438
16 Brian Vickers Toyota 192.027
17 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 191.945
18 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 191.925
19 Brian Scott Chevrolet 191.884
20 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 191.829
21 Paul Menard Chevrolet 191.707
22 Carl Edwards Ford 189.980
23 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford 189.208
24 Greg Biffle Ford 184.344
25 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 190.840
26 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 190.255
27 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 189.673
28 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 189.553
29 Alex Bowman Toyota 189.514
30 Michael McDowell Ford 189.148
31 Cole Whitt Toyota 189.115
32 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 189.062
33 David Gilliland Ford 188.732
34 Casey Mears Chevrolet 188.534
35 David Ragan Ford 188.455
36 Ryan Truex Toyota 188.422
37 Josh Wise Chevrolet Provisional
38 Joe Nemechek Toyota Provisional
39 Michael Annett Chevrolet Provisional
40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Provisional
41 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Provisional
42 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Provisional
43 Blake Koch Ford Provisional

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