Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway: Jeff Gordon Wins Pole in Historic Fashion

April 16, 2011 No Comments

Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin draft in Fridays practice. Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Jeff Gordon captured his 70th career pole Saturday morning, breaking the tie with Cale Yarborough and taking over sole position of third on the all-time pole’s winner list. Richard Petty with 123 poles and David Pearson with 113 are the only two drivers ahead of Jeff Gordon.

Gordon will be surrounded by Hendrick teammates coming to the green on Sunday. Jimmie Johnson qualified second, Mark Martin in third and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fourth.

This is only the third time one team has swept all four of the top positions– Roush Fenway Racing did it at Fontana in 2005 and Pete DePaolo did it at Charlotte in 1956.

Although where you qualify at Talladega doesn’t have much of an impact on your finish, the track position Hendrick will begin with will certainly help avoid any early trouble. The two car tandem will allow Jeff Gordon to work with shop partner, Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson with his shop partner, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Michael McDowell, Tony Raines and Mike Skinner failed to make Sunday’s race.

Here is the full starting lineup for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway:
1. Jeff Gordon
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Mark Martin
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Paul Menard
6. Landon Cassill
7. David Ragan
8. Kurt Busch
9. Brian Vickers
10. Clint Bowyer
11. Trevor Bayne
12. Michael Waltrip
13. Juan Pablo Montoya
14. David Reutimann
15. Bobby Labonte
16. AJ Allmendinger
17. Greg Biffle
18. Regan Smith
19. Brad Keselowski
20. Carl Edwards
21. Jamie McMurray
22. Joe Nemechek
23. Ryan Newman
24. Marcos Ambrose
25. Matt Kenseth
26. Martin Truex Jr.
27. Jeff Burton
28. Travis Kvapil
29. Denny Hamlin
30. Tony Stewart
31. Kasey Kahne
32. Kevin Conway
33. Steve Park
34. Kyle Busch
35. Dave Blaney
36. Joey Logano
37. Andy Lally
38. Kevin Harvick
39. David Gilliland
40. Casey Mears
41. Terry Labonte
42. Sam Hornish Jr.
43. Bill Elliott

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