Pole-Meister Gordon Secures P1 At Talladega
Jeff Gordon and crew chief Alan Gustafson put together a pole-winning car for Talladega. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Old system, new system or a hybrid of the two, Jeff Gordon remains one of the best pole-day drivers in the history of stock car racing.
On Saturday, Gordon greeted the debut of the new hybrid format for qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway with a dominating pole-securing run for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race.
Gordon turned a fast lap of 49.160 seconds (194.793 mph) at the 2.66-mile oval and in doing so, won his third pole of the season – the others coming at 2.5-mile Daytona in February and at the Las Vegas intermediate oval in March.
It was the 80th career pole for the 43-year-old Gordon, putting him third on the all-time list behind Richard Petty (123) and David Pearson (113).
And it came during a qualifying session that featured a blending of the long-time two-lap run with the multi-segment “knockout” format which was instituted last season.
“I am so proud of this pole because we got the pole in Daytona (in February),” Gordon said, Read the full story »