Gordon claims Richmond pole

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Saturday 7th September, 2013 - 9:36am

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Jeff Gordon has captured pole at Richmond

Jeff Gordon has captured pole at Richmond

Jeff Gordon has given himself a leg-up in his fight for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title with pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond.

It is Gordon’s first Coors Light Pole Award of the year, but is his 73rd of his career and sixth at the 0.75-mile short track. It extends his streak to 21 straight seasons with at least one pole position in NASCAR’s top series, an all-time record. NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson earned at least one pole in 20 consecutive seasons.

Gordon sits 11th in the standings and with the top-10 in points, plus two wildcards for the drivers that have the most wins, the four-time series champion is sitting on the bubble.

Gordon’s lap established a qualifying record of 210.179 km/h (130.599 mph). It stands as the 14th track record broken this season since the advent of the sixth-generation (Gen-6) car used in NASCAR’s premier series.

Kurt Busch, 10th in Sprint Cup points and battling Gordon for one of the final available postseason spots, qualified second in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. Busch’s lap time was identical to Kenseth’s former track record lap.

Defending series champion Brad Keselowski qualified third in his last-ditch bid for a postseason spot. Defending race winner Clint Bowyer, a two-time victor at Richmond, qualified fourth with Kenseth completing the top five.

Regan Smith, filling in for Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson after the birth of his second child Friday morning, qualified the five-time champion’s Chevrolet 10th.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start deep in the field in 32nd.

“Obviously not where we wanted to be starting the race for tomorrow night, but our team works really hard week in and week out and I’m confident we can turn it into a good finish tomorrow,” said Ambrose.

“It’s going to be hard to move through the field before the leader catches up to the last car, so we’ll need to come out hard right away.

“We’ve been able to overcome a lot these past couple of weeks for top-10 finishes, and I know our team can get some top-fives here at the end of the season.”

Only Mike Bliss failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

VIDEO: Jeff Gordon speaks about his pole lap

 QUALIFYING: Federated Auto Part 400 – Richmond

POS

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

Best Speed

Best Time

Behind

1

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 130.599 20.674 Leader

2

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row-Beautyrest 130.334 20.716 –0.042

3

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 130.158 20.744 –0.070

4

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 130.020 20.766 –0.092

5

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Home Depot Husky 129.864 20.791 –0.117

6

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Express 129.851 20.793 –0.119

7

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet CESSNA 129.689 20.819 –0.145

8

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell Pennzoil 129.633 20.828 –0.154

9

Greg Biffle 16 Ford Scotchgard 129.366 20.871 –0.197

11

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 129.224 20.894 –0.220

12

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 129.125 20.910 –0.236

13

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s American Heritage Chocolate 129.119 20.911 –0.237

14

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 129.069 20.919 –0.245

15

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Gwaltney 129.057 20.921 –0.247

16

Mark Martin 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 129.026 20.926 –0.252

17

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 128.995 20.931 –0.257

18

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 128.946 20.939 –0.265

19

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 128.817 20.960 –0.286

20

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota LG Partner of the Year/Aarons 128.743 20.972 –0.298

21

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Nationwide Insurance 128.584 20.998 –0.324

22

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Pittsburgh Paints 128.559 21.002 –0.328

23

David Ragan 34 Ford Farm Rich 128.486 21.014 –0.340

24

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 128.382 21.031 –0.357

25

Casey Mears 13 Ford No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion 128.351 21.036 –0.362

26

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Kelloggs/Frosted 128.290 21.046 –0.372

27

Josh Wise 35 Ford The Pete Store 128.272 21.049 –0.375

28

Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet CRC Brakleen Chevrolet 128.254 21.052 –0.378

29

David Stremme 30 Toyota Lean 1 128.077 21.081 –0.407

30

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 128.047 21.086 –0.412

31

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota AM FM Energy 127.847 21.119 –0.445

32

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford DeWalt 127.799 21.127 –0.453

33

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King-Dr. Pepper 127.690 21.145 –0.471

34

AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota Bush’s Beans 127.527 21.172 –0.498

35

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King-Dr. Pepper 127.401 21.193 –0.519

36

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy 127.286 21.212 –0.538

37

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 127.250 21.218 –0.544

38

Ryan Truex 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 127.095 21.244 –0.570

39

Reed Sorenson 95 Ford Leavine Family Racing 126.630 21.322 –0.648

40

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet TBA 126.399 21.361 –0.687

41

Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos.com 126.139 21.405 –0.731

42

Ken Schrader 32 Ford Federated Auto Parts 125.874 21.450 –0.776

43

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment 125.774 21.467 –0.793

 

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