|Gordon smiles for the Coors Light Pole Award|
Jeff Gordon continued his domination of the 0.526-mile paperclip shaped Martinsville oval by winning the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in his DuPont Chevy. Denny Hamlin was 2nd in his Joe Gibbs Toyota. Aric Almirola, David Ragan and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top-5.
Looking to get his season back on track, Gordon was happy to win the pole although for the race it means absolutely nothing. Back in 14th place in the series standings, the 4-time champion is hoping a return to Martinsville will get his season turned around.
“We’ve been close to poles, we’ve won poles here, but rarely have we put a whole lap together at both ends of the race track the way we did today," Gordon said. “It impressed me, I’ll be honest, to run that type of a lap. It tells you the great job the crew did today."
Joining Gordon on the front row is the Toyota of Denny Hamlin. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver posted a lap of 19.77 seconds at 95.757 mph.
“It was a good lap for us," Hamlin said. “I missed my marks on my first lap, and that typically was about one-tenth faster than what our second laps were.
“I felt like we were good. It was just a little driver error there and had to kind of regroup in that second lap and kind of pull something at least salvageable together, and it was good enough for where we ended up. It just tells us we have a car that is that versatile is going to be good for us on Sunday."
The pole pulls Gordon within five of Cale Yarborough for third on the all-time list.
Kasey Kahne, Ken Schrader, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson completed the first ten qualifiers.
|2||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Freight||95.757||19.775||-0.109|
|3||8||Aric Almirola||Chevrolet||U.S. Army||95.733||19.780||-0.114|
|4||6||David Ragan||Ford||AAA Insurance||95.569||19.814||-0.148|
|5||26||Jamie McMurray||Ford||IRWIN Industrial Tools||95.492||19.830||-0.164|
|7||49||Ken Schrader||Toyota||Microsoft Small Business||95.463||19.836||-0.170|
|9||20||Tony Stewart||Toyota||The Home Depot||95.271||19.876||-0.210|
|11||29||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Shell / Pennzoil||95.208||19.889||-0.223|
|14||28||Travis Kvapil||Ford||Yates Racing||95.060||19.920||-0.254|
|16||55||Michael Waltrip||Toyota||NAPA AUTO PARTS||95.032||19.926||-0.260|
|17||21||Bill Elliott||Ford||Little Debbie||94.951||19.943||-0.277|
|19||16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Jackson Hewitt||94.870||19.960||-0.294|
|20||2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Miller Lite||94.832||19.968||-0.302|
|22||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||AMP Energy / National Guard||94.770||19.981||-0.315|
|23||96||J.J. Yeley||Toyota||DLP HDTV||94.713||19.993||-0.327|
|24||31||Jeff Burton||Chevrolet||AT&T Mobility||94.637||20.009||-0.343|
|26||77||Sam Hornish Jr.*||Dodge||Mobil 1||94.637||20.009||-0.343|
|29||42||Juan Montoya||Dodge||Wrigley's Big Red||94.595||20.018||-0.352|
|30||84||Mike Skinner||Toyota||Red Bull||94.562||20.025||-0.359|
|31||70||Jeremy Mayfield||Chevrolet||Haas Automation||94.543||20.029||-0.363|
|32||43||Bobby Labonte||Dodge||Cheerios / Betty Crocker||94.538||20.030||-0.364|
|33||01||Regan Smith*||Chevrolet||DEI / Principal Financial Group||94.486||20.041||-0.375|
|34||00||Michael McDowell||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||94.406||20.058||-0.392|
|35||15||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Pittsburgh Paints / Menards||94.369||20.066||-0.400|
|36||66||Scott Riggs||Chevrolet||State Water Heaters||94.312||20.078||-0.412|
|37||10||Patrick Carpentier*||Dodge||Charter Comm.||94.298||20.081||-0.415|
|39||5||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||Kellogg's / CARQUEST||93.966||20.152||-0.486|
|40||83||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Red Bull||93.664||20.217||-0.551|
|41||7||Robby GordonÃ-||Dodge||Charter Comm.||93.641||20.222||-0.556|
|42||1||Martin Truex Jr.Ã-||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker||93.627||20.225||-0.559|
|44||45||Kyle Petty||Dodge||Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil||94.078||20.128||-0.462|
|45||34||John Andretti||Chevrolet||Front Row Motorsports||93.507||20.251||-0.585|
|46||08||Tony Raines||Dodge||rhino's energy drink||93.460||20.261||-0.595|
|47||78||Joe Nemechek||Chevrolet||Furniture Row/ DenverMattress.com||93.230||20.311||-0.645|