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Gordon’s On Pole In Michigan

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, August 15 2014

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Jeff Gordon earned his second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole of the season Friday  a lap of 34.857 seconds at 206.558 miles per hour at Michigan International Speedway.

Gordon’s qualifying lap was the seventh-fastest pole-winning speed in series history.

The driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet knocked Joey Logano from the top spot in the final two minutes of the third and final round of knockout qualifying, establishing the 17th new track record of the season. Gordon also claimed the pole last weekend at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

“I don’t know how to make it much better than that,” said Gordon, who earned his 76th career pole in 748 races. “This entire Axalta Chevrolet crew just did a phenomenal job. Our first qualifying effort today, and practice, was not good. I’ve been hearing a lot about tire chatter and we had it big-time.

“The next run out we made some adjustments and it was better. That whole qualifying session, from the first one, second one, and the third session, the car was just near perfect. This is our Brickyard 400 car, so it’s a fast one. And let’s hope we can keep it going fast all day on Sunday.”

Joey Logano qualified second fastest and will start on the front row for the seventh time this season.

“Close, but didn’t quite make it,” offered Logano. “This is our seventh front row start this year, which we are very proud of don’t get me wrong. It takes a lot of effort to do that, but we only have one pole. That is frustrating. I have a really fast Shell Pennzoil Ford this weekend and we have been able to keep showing (Team) Penske is very strong in qualifying.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, August 15 2014
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