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Saturday 16th August, 2014 - 8:06am

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Gordon scored his 76th career pole and sixth at Michigan

Gordon scored his 76th career pole and sixth at Michigan

Evergreen NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon has backed-up his pole position performance on the road course at Watkins Glen with the fastest time in qualifying at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway today.

A lot of track records for qualifying have been broken in 2014 with the changes in car design regulations, but Gordon’s 332.422km/h (206.558 mph) lap easily bettered the effort of Kevin Harvick of 329.203km/h (204.557 mph), which was only set in June!

“That thing stuck so well,” said Gordon who scored his 76th career pole.

“That makes it fun.”

“We made a qualifying effort in practice that didn’t go so well, then we made another one and it wasn’t bad. I wasn’t sure what I was gonna have when we rolled out here for qualifying, but the first lap was just really, really good.

“I felt like I needed to be more aggressive, and the next two runs, I was able to be aggressive and those guys made great adjustments.”

Joey Logano qualified second, followed by Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski. The top three all cracked the 206-mph mark.

It was not a Hendrick Motorsports domination with Kasey Kahne in 15th, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 25th and Jimmie Johnson back in 30th.

Marcos Ambrose, who is looking to keep his Chase for the Sprint Cup hopes alive, will start from 20th.

“We aren’t there yet, but we’re closer,” said Ambrose.

“We are tight, but the car is fast.  If we can get the setup better, we’ll be fine for Sunday.

“It’s important to have horsepower here, and we have that.  Our final run, we just got too tight, and I just shut it off.  We are in the show and will get ready to race.”

The Pure Michigan 400 will be run Monday morning Australian time.

 

QUALIFYING: Pure Michigan 400 – Michigan International Speedway

POS.  CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta 206.558 34.857 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 206.381 34.887 –0.030
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Ford EcoBoost 206.115 34.932 –0.075
4 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 205.685 35.005 –0.148
5 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 205.644 35.012 –0.155
6 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 205.438 35.047 –0.190
7 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Certain Teed / Menards 204.580 35.194 –0.337
8 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet American Ethanol 204.464 35.214 –0.357
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 204.354 35.233 –0.376
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Zest 204.174 35.264 –0.407
11 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Performance 203.822 35.325 –0.468
12 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet WIX Filters 203.470 35.386 –0.529
13 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 204.082 35.280 –0.423
14 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 204.012 35.292 –0.435
15 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 203.943 35.304 –0.447
16 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 203.856 35.319 –0.462
17 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 203.528 35.376 –0.519
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 203.384 35.401 –0.544
19 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 203.223 35.429 –0.572
20 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Black & Decker 203.097 35.451 –0.594
21 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 203.029 35.463 –0.606
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kingsford Charcoal 202.743 35.513 –0.656
23 43 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 202.674 35.525 –0.668
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 201.969 35.649 –0.792
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 202.885 35.488 –0.631
26 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 202.458 35.563 –0.706
27 14 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 202.412 35.571 –0.714
28 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 202.327 35.586 –0.729
29 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 201.822 35.675 –0.818
30 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 201.720 35.693 –0.836
31 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 201.263 35.774 –0.917
32 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 200.496 35.911 –1.054
33 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 199.756 36.044 –1.187
34 34 David Ragan Ford CSX – Play It Safe 199.534 36.084 –1.227
35 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 199.225 36.140 –1.283
36 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Iowa City Capital Partners Toyota 199.132 36.157 –1.300
37 37 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Accell Construction Inc. 197.851 36.391 –1.534
38 32 Travis Kvapil Ford TBA 197.726 36.414 –1.557
39 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 197.466 36.462 –1.605
40 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 197.066 36.536 –1.679
41 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 195.828 36.767 –1.910
42 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 195.170 36.891 –2.034
43 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Hillman Racing 194.049 37.104 –2.247

 

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