Points leader Johnson on Texas pole for Chase race No. 8; Keselowski qualifies 8th

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Jimmie Johnson wins his second straight pole as he tries to protect a two-point Chase lead. (Getty Images)  
Jimmie Johnson wins his second straight pole as he tries to protect a two-point Chase lead. (Getty Images)  

FORT WORTH, Texas -- NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson took pole position for the second week running after setting the pace at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

Johnson, who won from pole last week at Martinsville to take over the points lead with three races left, clocked a fast lap of 191.076 mph.

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Brad Keselowski, only two points behind Johnson in the standings, qualified eighth at a track where he has never had a top-10 finish.

Johnson finished second at Texas in April, a race won by Greg Biffle -- who will start on the front row with Johnson on Sunday after qualifying second with a lap of 190.382 mph.

"It was a while-knuckle lap. I can say I didn't leave anything on the table with that one," Johnson said. "A couple of opportunities to kind of lose control there, but staying on the throttle definitely kept the car pointed in the right direction and blasted off a great lap."

Keselowski was the 44th of 46 drivers who did qualifying runs. It was the best qualifying effort for Keselowski since the 12-driver championship chase started two months ago. He's trying to win the first Sprint Cup championship for Roger Penske.

"We're in strong position to control our own destiny as far as the Chase is concerned and having a shot at winning it," Keselowski said. "That's really about all you can ask. Certainly you'd like to have a big lead, but that's not very realistic when you're racing the best and competing against the best."

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