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Another Track Record Falls As Gordon Picks Up Michigan Pole


Yet another track record fell on Friday at the Michigan International Speedway. Jeff Gordon put his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 with a blisteringly fast lap of 34.857 seconds, which equals out to 206.558 mph. The previous record was held by Kevin Harvick, set just two months ago at 35.198 seconds/204.557 mph.

It is the 76th pole of Gordon’s career and sixth pole at the Michigan International Speedway.

“I don’t know how to make it much better than that. 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 third session, the car was just near perfect,” commented Gordon after receiving the Coors Light Pole Award.

Joining Gordon on the front row is Joey Logano, who also broke the 206 mph barrier. It was the 18th top-10 start for Logano on the season.

“Close but didn’t quite make it. Once again. That 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. That means that is a lot of second place starting positions. We were close again and just weren’t able to do it,” lamented Logano after qualifying finished.

Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. rounded out the top-10 qualifiers.

Jeff Burton, making his third start of the season, put down the 27th best time in qualifying. Burton is replacing Tony Stewart who is sitting out this weekend’s race, his second in a row.

Another substitute, Matt Crafton, didn’t do quite as well. The Furniture Row Racing team will have to rely on a provisional and will start 37th on the field. Regular driver Martin Truex, Jr. was not at the speedway, instead was at home tending to a personal matter. He is expected to race on Sunday.

With only 43 entries, no drivers will be going home this weekend. The Pure Michigan 400 gets underway at 1 PM EST and can be seen on ESPN.

Pos # Driver Team Time
1 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 34.857
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 34.887
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford EcoBoost Ford 34.932
4 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 35.005
5 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 35.012
6 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 35.047
7 27 Paul Menard CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet 35.194
8 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevrolet 35.214
9 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 35.233
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Zest Ford 35.264
11 16 Greg Biffle Roush Performance Ford 35.325
12 31 Ryan Newman WIX Filters Chevrolet 35.386
13 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 35.280
14 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 35.292
15 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 35.304
16 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 35.319
17 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 35.376
18 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 35.401
19 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 35.429
20 9 Marcos Ambrose Black & Decker Ford 35.451
21 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 35.463
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 35.513
23 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 35.525
24 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 35.649
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 35.488
26 13 Casey Mears Geico Chevrolet 35.563
27 14 Jeff Burton Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 35.571
28 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 35.586
29 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 35.675
30 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet 35.693
31 83 Ryan Truex Burger King Toyota 35.774
32 23 Alex Bowman Dr Pepper Toyota 35.911
33 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 36.044
34 34 David Ragan CSX – Play it Safe Ford 36.084
35 7 Michael Annett Allstate Peterbilt/Pilot Chevrolet 36.140
36 26 Cole Whitt Iowa City Capital Partners Toyota 36.157
37 37 Dave Blaney Accell Construction Inc. Chevrolet Owner Points
38 32 Travis Kvapil Skuttle Tight Ford Owner Points
39 78 Matt Crafton Furniture Row Chevrolet Owner Points
40 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Owner Points
41 33 Alex Kennedy Little Joe’s Auto Chevrolet Owner Points
42 66 Joe Nemechek Land Castle Title Toyota Owner Points
43 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Owner Points
DNQ: None