CONCORD, N.C. — A late draw was the all Jimmie Johnson needed.
Going out last of the 52 drivers, Johnson edged Ryan Newman for the pole Thursday night in qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Johnson's lap of 187.052 miles per hour was a track record, besting the mark Newman set earlier in the session.
Newman won both poles at Lowe's last season, and held both the Nextel Cup and overall track record.
Newman, Jeff Gordon, Elliott Sadler and rookie Brian Vickers rounded out the top five. Matt Kenseth, who won the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's last week, ended up 37th, and points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 10th.