Jeff Gordon snatches pole in Sonoma

Jeff Gordon went out dead last but turned the quickest lap to grab the pole at Infineon Raceway. Gordon's lap of 94.325 mph just eclipsed the rest of the field to earn his second pole of the season and 54th of his career. "This is a place that...

Jeff Gordon went out dead last but turned the quickest lap to grab the pole at Infineon Raceway. Gordon's lap of 94.325 mph just eclipsed the rest of the field to earn his second pole of the season and 54th of his career.

"This is a place that we enjoy coming to whether we are coming off a win or a horrible day like we had in Michigan," Gordon said. "I hate that we have to come in here with that kind of pressure. We definitely have to turn some things around this weekend."

This is Gordon's fifth pole at Infineon.

"I felt like it was going to be right around a 16 flat," Gordon said. "So, I knew it was going to be really close to Jimmie (Johnson)."

Nextel Cup series point leader, Jimmie Johnson, grabbed the second spot. This marks Johnson's ninth top-ten start of the year.

"As far as qualifying is concerned I made it back without making a mistake," said Johnson. "I knew that I was some conservative in some areas where we had mistakes last year.we just made a good clean smooth lap and almost got the pole.to be second to Jeff Gordon on a road course, we will take that."

Mark Martin, making his last career start at Infineon this weekend, is third. It is Martin's first top-ten start this season.

"It was nice," said Martin of his lap. "I got started off the first couple of corners and it was like I had two left hands, but after that I really felt like I was holding my own or making up some ground. It was a good run. I missed a couple of corners just ever so slightly, but it's going to be a good starting spot."

Boris Said and Robby Gordon complete the top five.

Elliott Sadler, currently third in Cup series standings, spun the No. 38 Robert Yates Racing Ford in turn 10. Sadler wasn't alone; second man in points Greg Biffle also took a trip off the blacktop during his time-trial effort.

Biffle starts 41rst and Sadler 42nd.

Michael Waltrip blew the engine on the No. 15 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevy in the last turn of his qualifying lap. He will start 34th. In contrast this year, his teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr, who has had a miserable several weeks, starts 10th.

Forty-eight cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field; failing to make the show were Brandon Ash, Kevin LePage, Stanton Barrett, John Borneman III and Jose Luis Ramirez.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Michael Waltrip , Boris Said , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Stanton Barrett , John Borneman III , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Brandon Ash , Jose Luis Ramirez , Mark Martin
Teams Yates Racing