Jimmie Johnson wins pole for 55th Coca-Cola 600

Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the 55th Annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, as the six-time Sprint Cup Series champion seeks his first victory of the 2014 season.

Johnson turned a lap of 27.705 (194.911 mph), which was 0.049 better than Brad Keselowski.

The pole for Johnson is his fourth at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 26 races and first since 2009.

"We knew we had a great race car today and wanted to take advantage of it," said Johnson, who also becomes the 10th different pole winner this season. "When we qualify well, we know we are going to race well."

Keselowski will start second — the seventh time this season he's started on the front row.

"I really like this knockout qualifying," Keselowski said. "It's nerve-racking as a driver. I was 24th after that first session."

Kasey Kahne, who has won the Coca-Cola 600 three times in his career (2006, 2008, 2012) starts in third place after a lap of 27.890.

“We seemed to give up a little bit getting in turn three,” Kahne said. “All three of my runs, I wasn’t able to get to the white line quite as quickly as I would have liked. We were working on that and just trying to keep the car on the track. I was a little bit free throughout the laps. I figured third ended up being pretty good for us.”

Danica Patrick became the highest-starting woman in a Coca-Cola 600 after qualifying in fourth place.

"It just feels so good to have good qualifying,” Patrick said. “I have to say, though, I'm a little disappointed. Being first in the second group, I'm a little disappointed I'm not on the pole. I was really tight through (turn) three and four on my lap. I guess I'm a little more surprised that I'm fourth.”

Line up for the 55th Coca-Cola 600 (at Charlotte Motor Speedway)
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Brad Keselowski
3. Kasey Kahne
4. Danica Patrick
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Kyle Busch
8. Joey Logano
9. Marcos Ambrose
10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
11. Kevin Harvick
12. Matt Kenseth
13. Aric Almirola
14. Trevor Bayne
15. Martin Truex
16. Brian Vickers
17. Justin Allgaier
18. Tony Stewart
19. Brian Scott
20. A.J. Allmendinger
21. Paul Menard
22. Carl Edwards
23. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
24. Greg Biffle
25. Kyle Larson
26. Jamie McMurray
27. Jeff Gordon
28. Kurt Busch
29. Alex Bowman
30. Michael McDowell
31. Cole Whitt
32. Austin Dillon
33. David Gilliland
34. Casey Mears
35. David Ragan
36. Ryan Truex
37. Josh Wise
38. Joe Nemechek
39. Michael Annett
40. Landon Cassill
41. Reed Sorenson
42. Ryan Newman
43. Blake Koch