wins Daytona 500 pole
Hendrick Motorsports secured
pole position for the Daytona 500 race with Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson won the Daytona 500 pole position on Saturday with
48.109 seconds (187.075 mph), just a day after new Hendrick
Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the non-points
Budweiser Shootout, making this weekend all about Hendrick.
"We have to wait until we get out in the draft and see how these
cars work. That's really a true test of these cars. We know we
have the fastest single car," Johnson said, after being
asked if he thinks about himself as the favorite to win the
Daytona 500. But despite the pole position, Jimmie Johnson
remains second favorite by odds (third overall) to win the
Daytona 500 at the online sportsbook
Bodog Sports, where Johnson is
listed with odds 6/1, behind teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and
Jeff Gordon, both holding odds 9/2 to win the Daytona 500.
Only the top two qualifiers locked in
starting positions for next week's Daytona 500, and second came
Michael Waltrip with Toyota at 48.197 seconds (186.734 mph),
promising a great payout to the bettors. At Bodog there were no
specific odds on Waltrip and if he wins, he would pay out on the
field odds, which are 20/1.