Gordon wins second consecutive pole position
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Jeff Gordon will start first for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
For the second straight week, Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the green flag.
Gordon won the pole in Friday’s qualifying session at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 206.558 miles per hour, a new track record.
Gordon was the fastest driver in
both the second and third round of qualifying, enabling the driver to score the
17th track record of 2014.
The pole was Gordon’s fifth at the track.
“A great run, the car was phenomenal,” Gordon said to the media Friday.
The back-to-back pole position starts mark the first time since 2007 Gordon has done so. The pole position is the 76th of Gordon’s career, third all-time.
“We learned a lot last time,” Gordon said about the first race at Michigan. “You can’t predict the cautions.”
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Jeff Gordon turns laps at Michigan International Speedway.
Gordon finished sixth in the June race after starting on the outside pole and leading 36 laps. Gordon has won twice at Michigan, but not since 2001.
Gordon also talked about how he and his team are “fine-tuning” their program, and how it pays dividends, rather than searching for speed and making drastic changes to their cars.
“Right now, I feel like we’re bringing the whole package,” he said. “We just want to keep this momentum going right into the Chase, and hopefully right through it.”
But the media also pressed Gordon about the speeds cars have been reaching. Because the speeds are higher than seen at superspeedway races, one reporter asked how his car would perform at Talladega or Daytona.
“If think you’d be surprised, it wouldn’t be that much faster,” Gordon said. “The car has a tremendous amount of grip and down force, but it also has a bit of drag to it.
“If they allowed us to play around with it, do some things with the spoiler… we could go extremely fast, I’d say 230, 240 miles per hour, or faster. I wouldn’t want to do that. I wouldn’t want to be driving it when it’s going that fast.”