Jeff Gordon earns Sprint Cup pole in Hendrick onslaught at ‘Dega

CEBZjgIVAAAs5BUHendrick 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
1 24 Jeff Gordon 49.171 49.160 Leader
2 5 Kasey Kahne 49.577 49.441 -0.281
3 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 49.508 49.460 -0.019
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 49.587 49.463 -0.003
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 49.601 49.507 -0.044
6 14 Tony Stewart 49.634 49.509 -0.002
7 27 Paul Menard 49.496 49.511 -0.002
8 20 Matt Kenseth 49.508 49.525 -0.014
9 18 David Ragan 49.591 49.615 -0.090
10 15 Clint Bowyer 49.667 49.666 -0.051
11 13 Casey Mears 49.654 49.693 -0.027
12 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 49.623 49.786 -0.093
Eliminated From Round 1
13 3 Austin Dillon 49.671 Eliminated -0.048
14 42 Kyle Larson 49.671 Eliminated 0.000
15 2 Brad Keselowski 49.674 Eliminated -0.003
16 33 Brian Scott (i) 49.677 Eliminated -0.003
17 11 Denny Hamlin 49.684 Eliminated -0.007
18 31 Ryan Newman 49.690 Eliminated -0.006
19 41 Kurt Busch 49.699 Eliminated -0.009
20 16 Greg Biffle 49.701 Eliminated -0.002
21 22 Joey Logano 49.714 Eliminated -0.013
22 19 Carl Edwards 49.723 Eliminated -0.009
23 55 Michael Waltrip 49.828 Eliminated -0.105
24 4 Kevin Harvick 49.862 Eliminated -0.034
25 10 Danica Patrick 49.918 Eliminated -0.056
26 1 Jamie McMurray 49.972 Eliminated -0.054
27 6 Trevor Bayne 49.972 Eliminated 0.000
28 43 Aric Almirola 49.975 Eliminated -0.003
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 49.984 Eliminated -0.009
30 40 Landon Cassill (i) 50.006 Eliminated -0.022
31 47 AJ Allmendinger 50.070 Eliminated -0.064
32 32 Bobby Labonte 50.090 Eliminated -0.020
33 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 50.132 Eliminated -0.042
34 98 Josh Wise 50.200 Eliminated -0.068
35 51 Justin Allgaier 50.205 Eliminated -0.005
36 78 Martin Truex Jr. 50.211 Eliminated -0.006
37 7 Alex Bowman 50.235 Eliminated -0.024
38 34 Chris Buescher (i) 50.292 Eliminated -0.057
39 38 David Gilliland 50.327 Eliminated -0.035
40 46 Michael Annett 50.361 Eliminated -0.034
41 35 Cole Whitt 50.466 Eliminated -0.105
42 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 50.602 Eliminated -0.136
43 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 50.707 Eliminated -0.105
Did Not Qualify
44 95 Michael McDowell 50.548 Eliminated 0.159
45 26 Jeb Burton # 50.672 Eliminated -0.124

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series
 

 

 

 

 

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