Johnson on pole after Pocono washout, and seeks restart clarity

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Rain washed out all of Friday’s scheduled running for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway. That means points leader Jimmie Johnson will start on the pole for Sunday’s Party in the Poconos 400, ahead of Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick, with the full grid set by owner points.

Meanwhile, the other topic at hand was a further revisiting of the restart rules in NASCAR as Johnson was penalized last week for jumping the final restart at Dover International Speedway.

“I just need a better understanding of the rule,” he told assembled media at Pocono. “I think I’ve played into trying to do the right thing, trying to maintain pace car speed when the pace car pulls off. We see guys really choke up the field at that point, which they way they say the rule works, you’re not supposed to do that.”

Johnson then claimed Juan Pablo Montoya had “found a loophole,” laying back enough to where Johnson had no choice but to go. Montoya laughed off that suggestion.

“Did I? Wow. I’m that good. Man. That’s a compliment,” Montoya said. “If I did that, why did only Jimmie pass me in his lane, if you think about it?”