BROOKLYN (WTVB) - Jeff Gordon will start on the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 after setting a new track qualifying record at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon made a lap around the two-mile oval at 206.558 mph during the third and final round of Friday's knockout qualifying. His lap was the seventh fastest pole winning speed in the history of NASCAR's premier series.
Gordon is using the same car at MIS that he drove to victory in the July 27th Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the current points leader, and Jimmie Johnson, the six-time and defending series champion, failed to advance into the second round. Earnhardt qualified 25th. Johnson, who won at Michigan for the first time in June, placed 30th. Joey Logano will start alongside Gordon on the front row after he posted a lap at 206.381 mph. Logano won at Michigan one year ago. Carl Edwards qualified third, followed by Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski, who hails from nearby Rochester Hills, Michigan. The top-seven drivers in qualifying surpassed the previous track record of 204.557 mph, set by Kevin Harvick two months ago. Harvick will start sixth tomorrow and we’ll have live coverage of the race on the radio beginning at Noon Sunday.
Coming up today at Noon on AM 1590 and FM 95.5, we’ll bring you our live broadcast from MIS of NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200.