Atlanta: GM Racing qualifying notes

JEFF GORDON PUTS IMPALA SS ON POLE FOR KOBALT TOOLS 500 TEAM CHEVY DRIVERS DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND MARTIN TRUEX JR. QUALIFY 2ND AND 3RD Hampton, GA - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, went out early in the order of the 48 cars attempting to...

JEFF GORDON PUTS IMPALA SS ON POLE FOR KOBALT TOOLS 500 TEAM CHEVY DRIVERS DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND MARTIN TRUEX JR. QUALIFY 2ND AND 3RD

Hampton, GA - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, went out early in the order of the 48 cars attempting to qualify for the Kobalt Tools 500 and commented that he didn't think his lap would hold up for the pole.

However, for the 64th time in the four time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion's career, Gordon will lead the 43-car field to the green flag Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"I have just been so proud of my guys on the DuPont Chevrolet," said the pole sitter. "Tonight we have grip in the track so you can get around some of that. But it feels like you are on 20-lap tires with the old car. It is going to be a handful. "That is a much faster lap than I ever thought we would run. It didn't feel very good, there was grip and I just pushed the pedal down."

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Impala SS, Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports teammate, made it an all Chevrolet front row for race four of the 2008 NSCS season.

Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS, qualified third.

Clint Bowyer, No. 07 DirecTV Impala SS qualified seventh followed by his Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS.

Mark Martin, No. 8 U.S. Army Impala SS, Truex's Dale Earnhardt, Inc. teammate, qualified 10th giving Team Chevy six drivers in the top-10 starters.

A total of 14 Impala SS drivers qualified for the 325-lap/500-mile race slated to start at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Live coverage will be provided by FOX TV, PRN Radio and Sirius Satelitte Radio.

-credit: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Martin Truex Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Mark Martin
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Hendrick Motorsports