Gordon comes up short
Photo by Amy K. Marbach Photography
Jeff Gordon's 2014 primary paint scheme. Gordon will start second at Bristol.
Although Jeff Gordon will start tonight’s race from the outside pole position, Gordon fell eight one-thousandths of a second short of scoring his third consecutive pole.
With an average speed of 130.637 miles per hour in the first round of qualifying, Gordon topped the charts, advancing the four-time champion and his No. 24 team to round two.
Gordon led the second round of qualifying, and told his team over the radio he gave his best effort after he progressed to the top of leaderboard. But Kevin Harvick’s lap was enough to eclipse Gordon’s run.
“I thought we had enough, that was a good lap,” Gordon said of his effort in the second round of qualifying.
Gordon’s second place starting position is his third of 2014, with all three being shared with Kevin Harvick.
Gordon has qualified in the top-ten in 15 of the first 24 races of 2014, earning an average starting position of 9.2. The average is Gordon’s best since 2003.
But the 43-year-old veteran credited the chemistry he and his team have had this season and how they have been able to perform well the last few weeks.
“I've got a great team that we’re clicking so well together right now and the results are showing,” Gordon said. “It builds a lot of confidence in your program when you go to Watkins Glen, sit on the pole, and run up front; you go to Michigan, sit on pole, win; and you come here and sit on the front row.
“Those are about as three unique tracks as you can get, and it just shows how good our cars and our team is right now.”