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Johnson Leads HMS in New Hampshire Qualifying

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2002)—Jimmie Johnson was the fastest Hendrick Motorsports driver in New Hampshire 300 qualifying on Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway, posting the 19th-fastest time of the afternoon.

Driving the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, the rookie ran a quick lap of 29.299 seconds and 129.998 mph.

Defending NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was 22nd in the No. 24 DuPont Chevy, Terry Labonte 31st in the No. 5 Kellogg’s Monte Carlo and Joe Nemechek 34th in the No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet.

Ryan Newman is the pole-sitter for Sunday’s New Hampshire 300 after a qualifying lap of 28.802 seconds and 132.241 mph.

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