Gordon shatters Michigan track record

August 15, 2014 No Comments

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Brian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

BROOKLYN,MI— For the second consecutive week, Jeff Gordon will start from the pole as he took the top-spot in qualifying for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Gordon’s lap averaging the two-mile, d-shaped oval at 206.558 mph broke the track record set by Kevin Harvick when the Sprint Cup Series last visited the track in June. The lap turned by Gordon is the seventh-fastest pole in NASCAR history.

“The car is just phenomenal,” Gordon said after qualifying. “I was a little unsure of what we were going to have going qualifying, but the car was phenomenal.”

The No.24 Chevrolet of Gordon ousted defending Pure Michigan 400 winner Joey Logano in the final moments of qualifying on Friday.

“We just had to make a slight adjustment on a couple things, and again, the car was phenomenal.”

Logano and Carl Edwards were the only drivers other than Gordon to eclipse the 206 mph mark during the session.

Gordon, Logano, Edwards, Brian Vickers, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. round out the top-ten starters for Sunday’s race.

Jeff Burton, who is subsituting for Tony Stewart, qualified the No.14 Chevrolet in the twenty-seventh position.

Of the forty-three cars that made qualifying run, thirty-two of them turned a lap over 200 mph.

Pure Michigan 400 Starting Lineup 

1: Jeff Gordon

2: Joey Logano

3: Carl Edwards

4: Brian Vickers

5: Brad Keselowski

6: Kevin Harvick

7: Paul Menard

8: Austin Dillon

9: Jamie McMurray

10: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

11: Greg Biffle

12: Ryan Newman

13: Kyle Larson

14: Danica Patrick

15: Kasey Kahne

16: Kurt Busch

17: Justin Allgaier

18: Matt Kenseth

19: Clint Bowyer

20: Marcos Ambrose

21: Denny Hamlin

22: AJ Allmendinger

23: Aric Almirola

24: Kyle Busch

25: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

26: Casey Mears

27: Jeff Burton

28: Ryan Blaney (Trevor Bayne)

29: David Gilliland

30: Jimmie Johnson

31: Ryan Truex

32: Alex Bowman

33: Josh Wise

34: David Ragan

35: Michael Annett

36: Cole Whitt

37: Dave Blaney

38: Travis Kvapil

39: Matt Crafton (Martin Truex Jr.)

40: Reed Sorenson

41: Alex Kennedy

42: Joe Nemechek

43: Landon Cassill


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