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Jeff Gordon Sets Blistering Lap, Wins Second Straight Pole Position at Michigan International Speedway

August 15th, 2014 at 6:23 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

He may have the most starts among any driver in Sunday's field at Michigan International Speedway, but today the veteran showed them how it's done as Jeff Gordon took the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon took the pole at a track record speed of 206.558 mph. It's Gordon's second straight pole. It's the first time he's done that since July 2004. It was also the seventh fastest pole speed in NASCAR history. It's Gordon's sixth career pole at Michigan and the 76th pole in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.

Starting in the second position is Joey Logano with Carl Edwards starting in the third spot. Starting in the fourth position is Brian Vickers with Brad Keselowski starting fifth. Starting in the sixth spot is Kevin Harvick with Paul Menard starting in the seventh position. Starting in the eighth spot is Austin Dillon with Jamie McMurray starting ninth. Ricky Stenhouse Jr will start in the 10th spot. Starting in the 11th position is Greg Biffle with Ryan Newman rounding out the top 12.

Those cars advanced to the final round of the three round qualifying session at Michigan International Speedway. Round two set positions 13-24.

Starting in the 13th spot is Kyle Larson with Danica Patrick rolling off from the 14th spot. Starting in the 15th position is Kasey Kahne with Kurt Busch rolling off from the 16th spot. Starting in the 17th position is Justin Allgaier with Matt Kenseth starting in the 18th spot. Starting in the 19th spot is Clint Bowyer with Marcos Ambrose starting 20th. Starting in the 21st spot is Denny Hamlin with A.J. Allmendinger starting 22nd. Starting in the 23rd spot is Aric Almirola with Kyle Busch starting in the 24th position.

Those cars advanced to the second round of the three round qualifying session at Michigan International Speedway. Positions 25-43 were settled in the first round of qualifying.

Notables in positions 25-43 include Dale Earnhardt Jr in 25th and Jeff Burton in 27th. Burton is driving the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet replacing Tony Stewart. Starting in the 30th position is Jimmie Johnson. Matt Crafton qualified in the 39th position. Crafton was driving the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet in place of Martin Truex Jr. Truex's girlfriend had emergency surgery on Friday and he wanted to be by her side. Truex is expected back at the track on Saturday.

There were 43 entries for 43 spots for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, meaning every team that took a lap qualified for the race.

The Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway starts at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be broadcasted on ESPN.

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Tags: Brian Vickers, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, michigan international speedway, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Pure Michigan 400

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