Jeff Gordon set a new track record and took the pole for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It's Gordon's first pole of the season and the 70th of his career. Gordon took the pole at a speed of 130.599 mph. Joining Gordon on the front row will be Kurt Busch. Busch had the pole for most of the session but was knocked off by Gordon late in the going.
Starting third is Brad Keselowski with Clint Bowyer starting in the fourth position. Matt Kenseth will start fifth with Denny Hamlin rolling off from the sixth position. Starting seventh is Jamie McMurray with Joey Logano starting eighth and Greg Biffle starting ninth. Rounding out the top ten will be Regan Smith. Smith qualified Jimmie Johnson's #48 Chevrolet this weekend as Johnson had to miss Friday at the track due to the birth of his second daughter. Johnson will have to start in the rear of the field on Saturday.
Starting 11th is Martin Truex Jr, with 12th going to Juan Pablo Montoya. Starting 13th is Kyle Busch with Dale Earnhardt Jr starting in the 14th position. Aric Almirola will start from the 15th position with Mark Martin starting 16th in the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Starting in the 17th position is Kevin Harvick with Kasey Kahne starting 18th. Starting in the 19th position is Jeff Burton and Brian Vickers will start 20th.
Other notables in the field include Ricky Stenhouse Jr in 21st, with Ryan Newman starting 24th. Carl Edwards will start from the 26th position and Marcos Ambrose will start 32nd. Danica Patrick will start 36th.
There were 44 drivers for 43 spots meaning one driver went home. That driver is Mike Bliss from Milwaukee, Oregon.
The Federated Auto Parts 400 will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
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