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Mike Neff · Thursday October 10, 2013
Jeff Gordon, who went out as the 43rd and final qualifier Friday night, snagged the pole, bumping Kevin Harvick from the top spot with a speed of 194.308 mph (27.791 sec.). Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne round out the top 5.
“Our No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet was fast in practice. 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,” Gordon said of his fast lap. “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.”
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified sixth, allowing Hendrick Motorsports to put all four drivers inside the top 10. Ryan Newman posted the seventh quickest lap, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya in eighth. Brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch round out the top 10.
The pole is Gordon’s second this season and the 74th in his career. He’s started on the pole at Charlotte eight times previously and gone on to claim the victory in three of those events, most recently in 1998. Debuting drivers Brian Scott, Kyle Larson and Blake Koch will start 19th, 21st and 43rd, respectively.
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The HMS miracles keep coming..starting with the greatest gift of all from Brian, Jeffery in “The Chase”. LOL.