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Jeff Gordon On Pole For Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 At The Glen

Jeff Gordon On Pole For Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 At The Glen

by August 9, 2014 0 comments

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WATKINS GLEN, NY – Jeff Gordon captured his 75th career pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday when he clocked a lap time of 68.126 seconds at 129.466 mph for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

Although Jeff Gordon is the current point leader, this was his first Coors Light Pole Award of the 2014 season. It’s his third at Watkins Glen International. Gordon says he captured the pole for his son, Leo who celebrated his birthday on Saturday.

“Oh gosh, I am so proud of this pole, and the effort this Drive To End Hunger team put in this weekend, as well as that lap,” Gordon said. “Qualifying has really been what has been hurting us at Watkins Glen, and I blame myself really. I’m so happy that I got three shots at it today. I really think that made the big different. The first lap I did okay, but I got held up a little coming back to the checkered. The second one was a really good lap and got us into the top-12. I just tried to do the same things in that last lap. Alan (Gustafson crew chief) made a slight adjustment. I thought it was about the same as what I ran before; I didn’t think it was going to be that much better. Wow what a lap. I’m so excited.”

Marcos Ambrose will start second on Sunday, his seventh top-10 start this season. He tried to force one more attempt to take the pole away from Gordon, but Ambrose couldn’t beat the clock back to the line to start his final lap.

“I am very proud of my RPM team and everyone,” Ambrose said. “It has been a great weekend for us so far. We qualified fourth and second, so that is a pretty good start to the weekend. I wish Jeff was a little kinder to me to let me get the pole. I thought we had it at the end but it wasn’t enough. It was a pretty good lap though and I will take it. You have to be happy with front row starts.”

Jimmie Johnson qualified third, posting his 11th top-10 start this season.

“Very fast race car,” Johnson said. “We unloaded strong and found something really good for race trim. It didn’t work so well yesterday for us in qualifying trim. We were still eighth on the board, but a pretty good gap from where we were up to the front. The No. 88 car had a great lap so we really copied the No. 88’s qualifying set-up. It had a lot of speed. So a big thank you to Steve Letarte and Dale, Jr. for a fast set-up under the car that extra little bit to get us up there in the top five. Things were much different in the car and on my lap in the second session. I was trying to mimic little traces and lines I had seen on the data from Junior’s lap. I had a mistake into turn six so I regret that a little bit, but still with the mistake a real good starting position.”

The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen will air live on ESPN, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and NASCAR on Sirius XM at 1 p.m. EST Sunday afternoon.

Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Starting Lineup:
1.) #24 Jeff Gordon
2.) #9 Marcos Ambrose
3.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
4.) #4 Kevin Harvick
5.) #41 Kurt Busch
6.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
7.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8.) #20 Matt Kneseth
9.) #2 Brad Keselowski
10.) #31 Ryan Newman
11.) #22 Joey Logano
12.) #55 Brian Vickers
13.) #14 Tony Stewart
14.) #1 Jamie McMurray
15.) #51 Justin Allgaier
16.) #99 Carl Edwards
17.) #11 Denny Hamlin
18.) #26 Cole Whitt
19.) #18 Kyle Busch
20.) #27 Paul Menard
21.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
22.) #13 Casey Mears
23.) #42 Kyle Larson
24.) #15 Clint Bowyer
25.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
26.) #34 David Ragan
27.) #43 Aric Almirola
28.) #16 Greg Biffle
29.) #95 Michael McDowell
30.) #5 Kasey Kahne
31.) #3 Austin Dillon
32.) #77 Nelson Piquet Jr.
33.) #38 David Gilliland
34.) #32 Boris Said
35.) #83 Ryan Truex
36.) #23 Alex Bowman
37.) #98 Josh Wise
38.) #33 Alex Kennedy
39.) #36 Reed Sorenson
40.) #66 Joe Nemecheck
41.) #40 Landon Cassill
42.) #7 Michael Annett
43.) #10 Danica Patrick

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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