Jimmie Johnson may have won the pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500, but that doesn't exactly mean the defending Cup champ is on easy street. The last polesitter to win the Great American Race was Dale Jarrett in 2000.
Michael Waltrip, caught using what is basically steroids for cars last year, also had a great run Sunday, taking the outside pole.Only the top two qualifiers locked in starting positions for next week's 50th running of the Daytona 500.
Asked if this makes him the favorite to win the 500, Johnson said, "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."