Hendrick Motorsports take 4 of the top-5 starting positions for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) GEICO 500, as Jeff Gordon – with a qualifying lap speed of 194.793 MPH – captured the pole Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS).
This was Gordon’s third series pole and sitxh top-10 start of the 2015 season, his 80th series career pole and his fourth series pole at Talladega Superspeedway.
Gordon’s fellow teammate, Kasey Kahne (193.685 MPH) will start second on the outside pole, and they will be followed by Ryan Blaney (193.611) starting third, while the rest of the Hendrick Motorsports stable of Dale Earnhardt Jr. (193.599) and Jimmie Johnson (193.427) start fourth and fifth respectively.
Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Tony Stewart (193.419 MPH) starting sixth, Paul Menard (193.412) seventh, Matt Kenseth (193.357) eighth, David Ragan (193.006) ninth and Clint Bowyer (192.808) will start from 10th.
There were two drivers that failed to make the 43-car field starting lineup, and they were series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Jeb Burton and driver Michael McDowell.
The 46th annual GEICO 500 is slated to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the race.
|GEICO 500 Qualifying Results|
|Pos.||Car #||Driver||Round 1||Round 2||Gap|
|3||21||Ryan Blaney (i)||49.508||49.460||-0.019|
|4||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||49.587||49.463||-0.003|
|12||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||49.623||49.786||-0.093|
|Eliminated From Round 1|
|16||33||Brian Scott (i)||49.677||Eliminated||-0.003|
|29||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||49.984||Eliminated||-0.009|
|30||40||Landon Cassill (i)||50.006||Eliminated||-0.022|
|33||62||Brendan Gaughan (i)||50.132||Eliminated||-0.042|
|36||78||Martin Truex Jr.||50.211||Eliminated||-0.006|
|38||34||Chris Buescher (i)||50.292||Eliminated||-0.057|
|42||23||J.J. Yeley (i)||50.602||Eliminated||-0.136|
|43||83||Matt Dibenedetto #||50.707||Eliminated||-0.105|
|Did Not Qualify|
|45||26||Jeb Burton #||50.672||Eliminated||-0.124|
# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series