Gordon Rebounds With Loudon Pole
LOUDON, N.H. – One week after a disappointing 35th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway, Jeff Gordon rebounded by claiming the pole for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Gordon put the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole Friday with his 28.23-second lap at 134.911 mph. It was his second pole of the season and the 72nd of his Sprint Cup career.
Kyle Busch will start second in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart qualified third, followed by Brian Vickers and Carl Edwards.
Kasey Kahne was the next highest qualifer of the Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders in sixth, followed by Martin Truex, Jr. (ninth), Clint Bowyer (12th), Greg Biffle (13th), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (14th), Brad Keselowski (15th), Kevin Harvick (16th), Jimmie Johnson (20th), Matt Kenseth (25th) and Denny Hamlin (32nd).
The go-or-go-homers that qualified for Sunday’s race are Scott Speed, Michael McDowell Reed Sorenson, Joe Nemechek, Kelly Bires, Stephen Leicht, J.J. Yeley and David Stremme.
Scott Riggs, Jason Leffler, Jeff Green and Josh Wise failed to qualify. Wise originally qualified for the race, but his time was later disallowed allowing Stremme to make the race.