Jeff Gordon put his No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS at the front of the field with a fast qualifying lap of 27.791 seconds, 194.308 mph to claim the pole for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Our No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet was fast in practice,” said Gordon. “We were fourth fastest and made two really solid qualifying runs. And to me, that was more important than going out 43rd (to qualify). It was an added bonus to go out late. It’s just one of those things were the car builds confidence in me. And when we go out there together (as a team) and win a pole, it builds confidence back in the team. There is nothing greater than when it’s all on the line and all the pressure is there. You’re the final car to go. There’s nothing worse than letting them down, and nothing better than stepping up and knocking it out of the park.”
This marked his 74th career pole in 720 Sprint Cup races for the four-time champion, the second of the 2013 season. Gordon earned his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway on this very day (Oct. 10th) in 1993, and became the youngest pole winner at the track at his age of 22 years, 2 months, 6 days. The record still stands.
Kevin Harvick, last week’s race pole winner and subsequent race winner at Kansas Speedway, had a strong qualifying effort in his No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS; and will start on the outside front row next to Gordon. This is Harvick’s ninth top-10 start this year.
|6||Dale Earnhardt Jr||88||Chevrolet|
|8||Juan Pablo Montoya||42||Chevrolet|
|16||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||17||Ford|
|17||Martin Truex Jr||56||Toyota|