Jeff Gordon Wins the Pole at Charlotte for Saturday Night's Bank of America 500 Concord, N.C. (October 14, 2010) - Jeff Gordon put his No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet on the pole for the Bank of America 500, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR ...
Jeff Gordon Wins the Pole at Charlotte for Saturday Night's Bank of America 500
Concord, N.C. (October 14, 2010) - Jeff Gordon put his No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet on the pole for the Bank of America 500, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It is the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion's eighth pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Gordon has now won 69 career pole and is in a tie with Cale Yarborough for third on the all-time poles list.
Mark Martin, No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, will roll off fourth in the 43-car field.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, with start eighth and four-time defending NSCS champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, will start from the 10th position.
Other Team Chevy drivers in the Chase will start as follows: Jeff Burton-18th; Clint Bowyer-20th; Kevin Harvick-24th and Tony Stewart-29th.
A total of 17 Chevrolet drivers will start the 334-lap/501-mile race.
Carl Edwards (Ford), A.J. Allmendinger (Ford) and Paul Menard (Ford) complete the top-five qualifiers.
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET -- POLE WINNER
YOU DON'T HAVE ANY POLES THIS YEAR. THAT'S GOT TO END TONIGHT, DOESN'T IT? "Man, I don't know. I think there's some really good cars still left to go. We've had a weird year when it comes to qualifying this DuPont Chevrolet this year. We've had times when I thought we really had a shot at it but got knocked off and then other times we've just been stuck right in 15th or 16th. That seems to be our average lately. And today, we were 30-something in practice and I wasn't expecting to be anywhere near the top. So I'm just excited wherever we end up with this DuPont Chevrolet after that lap. That was just a great effort by a great team.
ON HIS LAP "I flew through (Turns) 3 and 4. Coming to the green and coming back around I felt like I gave up some in (Turns) 1 and 2. I was not expecting that, I got to tell you. The car really drove good and this track just changes so much at night when it cools down like this. It's so hard to try to figure it out. I told (crew chief) Steve (Letarte) on the radio I'm glad we didn't have it figured out in practice because we probably would have slowed down a bunch. Instead, we fought it and fought it and I couldn't be more proud of that lap. I don't think it's going to hold up. I think there's just room for improvement out there, so we'll see what happens."
YOU WERE WATCHING JIMMIE JOHNSON'S RUN ON SPRINT VISION. WERE YOU ABLE TO PICK ANYTHING UP FROM IT? "I watched all the runs; as many as I could. I love that gadget. I always watch the big screen here, but the problem is when you get in the car you can't see it. I get the lap time but not the lap tracker and I think it's useful to watch what other guys are doing."
MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 4th: ON HIS QUALIFYING LAP: "It was ok. I bit off a little more than I could chew in turn one. I was uncharacteristically optimistic about turn one so I left my foot on the floor a little too long before I got there. I didn't get the corner I might have got there. But I got a sweet one down there. Just a great race car. I'm having fun."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET -- QUALIFIED 8th:
ON HIS LAP "We were good off the trailer and it felt like we could run a good lap. And it felt like we made the right adjustments and calls on our car to have the car handle under the circumstances as cool as it is. And the car had plenty more speed in it and I just tried to get everything I could out of it and I think the car had plenty more than that."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO START TOWARD THE FRONT AT CHARLOTTE? "Well, I think it's good to start up front and give your guys a chance to pick a nice pit stall and have a good pit selection."
A YEAR AGO, THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE YOU DIDN'T QUALIFY WELL. TALK ABOUT THE EMOTION AND CHANGE FROM THEN TO NOW "Well I think it's a roller coaster every week in this sport for teams like us anyways. But we unloaded comfortable and fast and feel confident in our set-up and feel like we made some good changes and the car had more speed than that. I drove into (Turn) 3 a little shallow and got a little tight in the center and it cost a little bit of time, but the car had plenty of grip and plenty of speed. The car was so good off the trailer; the first run was really, really great. I had no complaints about the car after the first run and we really didn't adjust on it much. I know a lot of the other guys are probably freeing their cars up in the sun and we felt like the track was going to do that for us, so we just kind of stayed where we were. I think I could have, should have run faster. The car was better than that right there. But I made a little mistake in (Turns) 3 and 4. We're happy. We've got a chance to go tire testing at Homestead and just being at the track and being able to practice a little bit and run a little bit, I hope that helped us. It looks like it helped us a little bit, at least for this qualifying effort tonight. We'll see what happens tomorrow."
THAT WAS A HAPPY LOOK ON YOUR FACE WHEN YOU CLIMBED OUT OF THE CAR "Yeah, I mean we had a real good car. I had a little bit more race car than that. I just drove into (Turn) 3 a little bit shallow. But there was plenty of speed in the car. The guys had a good handle on the car right off the trailer. I'm pretty happy about the lap and feel like we can improve on that and could have if I hadn't drove into (Turn) 3 a little shallow. I'm pretty happy."
HOW BIG WOULD A TOP FIVE OR A WIN BE FOR YOU'RE HERE ON SATURDAY NIGHT? "Ah, if we won in our AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet it would just be an awesome feeling. We probably wouldn't be done partying until Monday! It would be awesome. We just want to try to be competitive all night and stay up in the top five and run well all night would be a real good achievement for this team right now."
MORE ON HIS LAP "We were happy in practice and we just did the best we could. I ran into (Turn) 3 a little shallow and lost a little bit of time there but (Turns) 1 and 2 felt pretty good and the car had plenty of grip and speed. So we'll see."
-source: gm racing