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Gordon on pole in Ft. Worth

NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying
Friday, November 06, 2009

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Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, poses in Victory Lane after qualifying for the first position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500
John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR
Jeff Gordon earned his first pole of the season with a lap speed of 191.117 mph during qualifying for Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. It's his second time qualifying on pole at the track in Fort Worth, Texas, and his 68th career pole. Gordon last won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole at TMS in the fall of 2008, but with this pole he has now won a pole in 17 consecutive seasons. He'll be starting on the front row for the fifth time in his last six starts at the track.

"We've been so close this year and just been getting beat on these poles by Mark Martin and Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson and a bunch of 'em," Gordon said. "That was a great lap. I didn't think that it was enough, I knew it was close but I didn't think it was enough."

Kasey Kahne earned the second starting spot.

"The engine is running awesome," Kahne said about the R6. "It just felt really good. I was on the track. I could feel the race track around the whole corner and down the straightaways. It was really about all I had."

Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch round out the top five.


Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer make up the top 10.

"Qualifying was pretty good," Edwards said of his sixth position. "It's not the pole, but, hopefully, it'll be a top 10. If it is a top 10, it'll be like a victory for us. We've worked pretty hard and I was real happy with the pickup there. We're competitive. I feel like we can hold our own against these guys today and that's big."

Points leader Jimmie Johnson will start 12th.

Gordon is coming off his career first victory at Texas Motor Speedway this spring. It was his only victory this season.

The Dickies 500 is set for 2:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 8.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 191.117 28.255 Leader
2 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 190.975 28.276 -0.021
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 190.941 28.281 -0.026
4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 190.624 28.328 -0.073
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 190.523 28.343 -0.088
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 190.148 28.399 -0.144
7 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 190.087 28.408 -0.153
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch Super 33 Tape 190.054 28.413 -0.158
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 189.960 28.427 -0.172
10 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 189.954 28.428 -0.173
11 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge AAA 189.900 28.436 -0.181
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 189.860 28.442 -0.187
13 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 189.820 28.448 -0.193
14 20 Joey Logano* Toyota Home Depot 189.800 28.451 -0.196
15 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 189.793 28.452 -0.197
16 44 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Ford. Drive one. 189.700 28.466 -0.211
17 6 David Ragan Ford UPS / Boys & Girls Clubs 189.700 28.466 -0.211
18 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Valvoline 189.593 28.482 -0.227
19 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Clorox / Little Debbie 189.587 28.483 -0.228
20 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target / Dream in Color 189.407 28.510 -0.255
21 202 David Gilliland Toyota Farm Bureau Insurance 188.950 28.579 -0.324
22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 188.884 28.589 -0.334
23 170 Mike Skinner Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 188.844 28.595 -0.340
24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 188.699 28.617 -0.362
25 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 188.686 28.619 -0.364
26 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 188.646 28.625 -0.370
27 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 188.587 28.634 -0.379
28 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet CBR Motorcars 188.350 28.670 -0.415
29 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Mapei / Menards 188.317 28.675 -0.420
30 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 188.304 28.677 -0.422
31 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 188.016 28.721 -0.466
32 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 187.990 28.725 -0.470
33 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley 187.944 28.732 -0.477
34 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 187.820 28.751 -0.496
35 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 187.800 28.754 -0.499
36 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Choctaw Casino Resort 187.793 28.755 -0.500
37 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 187.474 28.804 -0.549
38 96 Erik Darnell Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 187.182 28.849 -0.594
39 98 Paul Menard Ford Vertis / Menards 186.832 28.903 -0.648
40 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 186.438 28.964 -0.709
41 34 John Andretti+ Chevrolet Taco Bell 186.188 29.003 -0.748
42 31 Jeff Burton+ Chevrolet Caterpillar 183.767 29.385 -1.130
43 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft Champion's Provisional
Did Not Qualify
44 37 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 186.664 28.929 -0.674
45 66 Dave Blaney Toyota The Denny Hamlin Foundation 186.156 29.008 -0.753
46 113 Max Papis* Toyota GEICO 185.842 29.057 -0.802
47 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 183.592 29.413 -1.158

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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