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The last shall be first....as Gordon wins pole

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by Tim Wohlford
August 17, 2007

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Jeff Gordon wins his 53rd career pole for Sunday's race in Michigan
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The last will be first, as Jeff Gordon used his last-to-qualify run to win the pole for Sunday's 3M Performance 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Starting alongside of Gordon will be Greg Biffle, who is sponsored by 3M.

It was Gordon's 53rd career Nextel Cup pole.

Following Gordon and Biffle are Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, and Elliott Sadler. Starting sixth is Kyle Busch, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, with Mark Martin starting tenth.

Toyota made a strong showing with Michael Waltrip in 11th, and David Reutimann in 12th. Only Dale Jarrett and AJ Allmendinger failed to make the race among the Toyota teams.

Among those not in the top 35 in points, making the show on time are Michael Waltrip, John Andretti, Dave Blaney, Brian Vickers, Ward Burton, Joe Nemechek, Scott Riggs and David Reutimann. Those not making the show include Dale Jarrett, Johnny Sauter, Kevin Lepage, AJ Allmendinger, Scott Wimmer and Jeremy Mayfield.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 189.026 38.090 Leader
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 188.684 38.159 -0.069
3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.516 38.193 -0.103
4 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 188.132 38.271 -0.181
5 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.024 38.293 -0.203
6 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's 187.882 38.322 -0.232
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 187.877 38.323 -0.233
8 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko's 187.373 38.426 -0.336
9 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 187.344 38.432 -0.342
10 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 187.246 38.452 -0.362
11 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 187.042 38.494 -0.404
12 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Dominos.com 186.848 38.534 -0.444
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 186.780 38.548 -0.458
14 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 186.746 38.555 -0.465
15 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 186.577 38.590 -0.500
16 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 186.446 38.617 -0.527
17 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 186.393 38.628 -0.538
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 186.239 38.660 -0.570
19 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 186.225 38.663 -0.573
20 40 David Stremme Dodge TUMS 186.215 38.665 -0.575
21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 186.181 38.672 -0.582
22 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 186.167 38.675 -0.585
23 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 186.124 38.684 -0.594
24 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M's 185.946 38.721 -0.631
25 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 185.888 38.733 -0.643
26 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 185.807 38.750 -0.660
27 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 185.591 38.795 -0.705
28 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 185.428 38.829 -0.739
29 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 185.428 38.829 -0.739
30 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 185.366 38.842 -0.752
31 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 185.338 38.848 -0.758
32 208 Joe Nemechek Dodge E&M Motorsports 185.319 38.852 -0.762
33 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 185.061 38.906 -0.816
34 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 184.947 38.930 -0.840
35 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 184.800 38.961 -0.871
36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 184.791 38.963 -0.873
37 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 184.611 39.001 -0.911
38 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 184.450 39.035 -0.945
39 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 184.421 39.041 -0.951
40 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 184.327 39.061 -0.971
41 70 Johnny Sauter+ Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 183.641 39.207 -1.117
42 45 Chad McCumbee+ Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 180.582 39.871 -1.781
43 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper - Valvoline 184.672 38.988 -0.898
Did Not Qualify
44 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 184.398 39.046 -0.956
45 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 184.063 39.117 -1.027
46 78 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 183.744 39.185 -1.095
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 183.580 39.220 -1.130
48 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 183.248 39.291 -1.201

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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